I'm wondering whether it's grammatically correct to say

As we sat and talked I proposed an idea to play a game.

Or the only grammatically correct variant is

As we were sitting and talking I proposed an idea to play a game.

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    Either is fine. This a question of style, not grammar. – Robusto Mar 14 '18 at 21:22
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    Basically the same, but what happened after this statement? Continued to sit and talk, or went to do something else? In any case, "sat and talked" seems like a more literary usage, such as when telling a story. – user3169 Mar 14 '18 at 22:06
  • In my opinion, it is not entirely a matter of style, although both are, as @Robusto says, fine. There is to my ears a very slight difference in nuance, depending on the context of the sentence. The first is about an event among many that occurred while we had spent some time sitting and talking. In the second example, the most important ting that occurred while sitting and talking was "I proposed..." – JeremyC Mar 14 '18 at 22:08

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