In the following context:

One day, Jack told Anne about John’s life in Canada. She wrote articles for her school Internet magazine. And she was always looking for new stories.

Why did the author choose to use past simple in (She wrote articles) instead of present perfect simple or even past continuous like he did in (And she was always looking), as 'Anne' was still writing articles, in general, at the time of speaking.

Thanks in Advance.


It's perfectly good to write "She was writing articles for her magazine" which can mean one of two things:

  1. At the moment When Jack spoke to her she was actually in the act of writing
  2. or, On the day when Jack spoke to her she was habitually writing

The context which follows ("was always looking") makes it clear that it means 2: it describes a habitual action.

"One day, Jack [did something]" is a typical phrase to introduce an instant, at some unspecified time in the past, which is only notable because of what Jack did that day.

  • It can also mean 3. She used to write. On the day in question, she might have already stopped writing those articles habitually. It's not directly linked to the previous sentence (on the day in question she [still] wrote) but is simply stated in a separate sentence. In the habitual sense, it's not likely that it means she'd stopped writing, but it could. – Jason Bassford May 1 at 17:47
  • Thank you for your answer. – Laith Leo May 2 at 6:28

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