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jwkelley
January 27th, 2015, 15:29
As the monk transcended he died. (meaning: He died right at the peak of his transcendence?)
As the monk was transcending he died. (meaning: He died more in the middle of the transcendence?)

Jiggit
January 27th, 2015, 16:15
The latter is past continuous, which implies that an event took place during a certain action which interrupts the action.

"As I was studying, the fire alarm rang" - I had to stop studying and leave the building.

"As I studied, the fire alarm rang" - I kept on studying and ignored it.

So I guess in your example you want to use the former, since the past continuous would imply that he died before he could complete the transcension.

(Or you could just wait for Gizmo to explain it using the proper words.

Gizmotech
January 28th, 2015, 13:03
The sentences do not mean the same thing, Jiggits explanation is correct.

jwkelley
January 28th, 2015, 14:17
Thank ya`

Jiggit
January 28th, 2015, 15:33
Can we get gizmo a "trained linguician" badge? How about the microsoft paperclip?

Gizmotech
January 28th, 2015, 15:37
Shame it's not big enough to put "I CAN HAZ GRAMMAR!"

Jiggit
January 28th, 2015, 15:41
...I just missed the chance to make a "cunning linguist" reference.