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The children did their homework when I got home.

hirashin

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Thank you all for the ongoing help.

I have a further question about (a).

(a)The children did their homework when I got home.

Is this interchangeable with (b) or (c)? Is there any difference in nuance?

(b) The children began to do their homework when I got home.
(c) The children started to do their homework when I got home.

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(a) suggests that they did all their homework, (b) and (c) suggest that they only started it - maybe they got distracted by the TV after a few minutes. (b) and (c) are interchangeable though.
 

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Thanks for the help, Lothor.

Does (a) mean that the children began to do their homework when I got home and finished it ?
 

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Probably. When parents say to children 'do your homework', they mean 'do all your homework'.
 

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Thanks. The difference between English and our language is so big that literal translation will be useless.
 
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