I was studying about Past Continuous tense and my book states:
We use the past continuous when the repeated actions or events provide a longer background to something else that happened.
It also gives the following example,
During the time I started to get chest pains, I was playing tennis a lot.
One sentence that I made myself germane to this rule was
When Pablo came on police's radar, he was organizing mass smuggling of contrabands.
I have two questions regarding this 1. Does the second sentence conform to the rule which the author wanted to describe?
- Would it seem normal to native speakers or would they prefer to say it in some other way?