I was doing grammar exercises with a friend and I tried to make an example, but the tenses got me confused. Here are two possibilities:

While we were living in Paris, we used to eat croissants every morning


When we lived in Paris, we used to eat croissants every morning.

Are both of these correct or just one or neither? Could we explain grammatically why or why not?

  • Thank you for your comment, but I haven't been able to find a single one which answers my question...
    – alouette
    Nov 8, 2019 at 15:32
  • You may find the answer here ell.stackexchange.com/questions/106169/… the answer here. Nov 8, 2019 at 15:32
  • Both of your sentences are correct You stopped eating croissants now.It was your past habit. Nov 8, 2019 at 15:37
  • Maybe I didn't phrase my question well, but my dilemma is whether it is better to use past continuous or past simple in the introductory/preceding clause. I have no doubts about the "used to".
    – alouette
    Nov 8, 2019 at 15:41
  • past continuous has a more temporary feel than past simple.
    – anouk
    Nov 8, 2019 at 20:23


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