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I have a two tenses / ways to express my situation but I'm not sure what's more natural.

I rushed / was rushing to the class, and when I arrived I found that nobody is there.

"I rushed to the class for nothing… nobody is here". (Past simple tense)

"I was rushing to the class for nothing… nobody is here". (Past continous)

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  • Are you actually saying this to yourself at the moment you found out there is nobody in the class (like a character in a book who is thinking to themselves)? Or are you telling this to a friend later in the day?
    – AIQ
    Dec 11 '19 at 8:34
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"I rushed to the class, and when I arrived I found that nobody was there." sounds more natural. I would only use "was rushing" if something happened while you were rushing.

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