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I Need to prove my teacher wrong. We had an English test and there was this one task where we had to put the verbs in the right past tense (past simple or past continuous). So the sentence was:

Susan ___ (photograph) places and People while she ____ (travel) in the Middle East.

My answer was:

Susan photographed places and People while she was travelling in the Middle East.

And my teacher said it should be like that:

Susan was photographing places and People while she was travelling in the Middle East.

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    Either makes sense (and neither seems wrong) to me as a native speaker of English, from NYC. – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 27 '17 at 15:28
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    By the way, "people" should not be capitalised. There is nothing special about the word that warrants a capital P. Unless the sentence is title-cased, but them most other words would be capitalised too. – Mr Lister Nov 27 '17 at 20:44
  • oh yeah i know, my keyboard is swiss so it capitalizes it automatically i‘m sorry 😅 – Nicole Ehinger Nov 29 '17 at 5:24
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Both simple past and past continuous are fine, and you can even mix the two:

Susan photographed places and people while she traveled in the Middle East.

Susan photographed places and people while she was traveling in the Middle East.

Susan was photographing places and people while she traveled in the Middle East.

Susan was photographing places and people while she was traveling in the Middle East.

Some people may prefer to use the past continuous with "while", but all are grammatical. Each has a slightly different nuance, though the differences are pretty small.

  • @sammygerbil Thanks for catching that. Edited to fix. – Andrew Nov 28 '17 at 1:09

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