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I read this paragraph:

- Why didn't you come to Alex's house last night? We were all expecting to see you there.
+ Oh, I'm sorry about that. I got lost trying to find Alex's house.

Which one is correct?

  1. I got lost trying to find ...
  2. I got lost when I was trying to find ...

Am I right in thinking the correct one is "I got lost when I was trying to find..."?

  • More context needed. – Hot Licks Feb 24 at 20:06
  • More context added. @HotLicks – Hajitsu Feb 24 at 20:18
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    Either form is correct. – Hot Licks Feb 24 at 20:21
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"trying to find..." is an abridged or reduced adverbial clause equivalent to "when/as/while (subject) was trying to find..."

Therefore, you can say:

  1. I got lost trying to find Alex's house.

  2. I got lost when I was trying to find Alex´s house.

  3. I got lost as I was trying to find Alex´s house.

  4. I got lost while I was trying to find Alex´s house.

All of them have exactly the same meaning.

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