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“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Shouldn't it be "...when they were living inside of you."?

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It is correct. There is no grammatical requirement for clauses following the "when" conjunction to be in the continuous tense, especially not with verbs like "live" that already indicate a state, not an action.

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