A:..Then I sent you a message from the cafe to to say where I was last night.
B: I didn't get any texts from you yesterday! I tried to phone you but there was no answer.
I have two questions:
1)Can I use here past continuous to emphasise continuous action(several attempts to get through)? (because, as I feel, past simple doesn't emphasise the process itself):
I was trying to phone you but there was no answer.
2)What is the meaning of past simple in this context:
- Person B was struggling to get through and it was continuous action
- Tried only the once and it was a single action?