Here's the paragraph:

I worked in the bank for a specific period of time in the past. One day my wife and I knew each other. Of course, that day was during or within that period of time.

Can I simply say this sentence to give the same meaning?

I was working in the bank when I met my wife.

I know that continuous tenses express a specific period of time (ex: working for an hour or a couple of hours continuously and without interruption or stopping). Can they express that I worked in the bank for months or years as I did in that sentence? Is using the past tense after "When" gives the same meaning of "One day"?

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Yes, your sentence expresses the same meaning as the paragraph. "[Past continuous A] when [simple past B]" means that B happened during A.

Note that you should say "One day my wife and I met each other." Knowing someone is a process that occurs over time; it is odd to say that it happened one day.


Use the past perfect continuous for the time you spent before you met your wife.

I'd been working in the bank for six months, when I met my wife.

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