[JLPT grammar] The difference between ながら and まま

Today, I am going to share the homework correction from my JLPT N3 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

Yesterday, I fell asleep with the TV on.


ながら is used to indicate doing two actions at the same time.
Using ながら would mean that you are trying to turn on the TV while you are asleep, which is not possible.

(た)まま is used when doing something different during a continuing action or condition.
If you want to say that you “slept with the TV on,” then (た)まま is appropriate for this sentence.


Do not enter the house with your shoes on.


I left the window open and went out.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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