What is the difference between ( was playing and had been playing here ) what is the correct choise ?

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    'Had been playing' takes the event further back in the past. "I was tired yesterday because someone next door had been playing loud music all night." – Kate Bunting Mar 19 '19 at 8:56
  • The simple past, played, works. What makes you think “had been playing” might be right? – Mixolydian Mar 19 '19 at 13:31

This depends on the context of the rest of the sentence. If you were telling a story, you would use was playing or had been playing

For example:

Person A: Why do you look so tired?

Person B: someone next door was playing/had been playing heavy metal music all night long.

In this situation, both those two options work, but was playing sounds better, and is overall the better choice.

If you were having a conversation with someone whilst the music was playing, then you could use one of the other two options.

Person B (on the phone to person A): I'm so tired Person A: Why? Person B: Someone next door has played/has been playing heavy metal music all night.

In this context, has been playing is the better way to say it.

  • I'd add that "Was playing" sounds like a one-off, eg it happened one night - while "Has been playing" implies it's been going on for a longer period, perhaps a few weeks. – Jon Story Mar 19 '19 at 13:53

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