I missed my literature class today and I am calling my friend to find out what they were discussing (or discussed?) in class. My goal (as a speaker) is to find out what was in class today, so I can catch up
Which tense should I use:
- What did Mr.Smith speak about in class today?
- What was Mr. Smith speaking about in class today?
- Are both idiomatic in this context?
- Don't you think that "complete action" from number 1 sounds a bit odd? (because in my native language it does)
P.S. Mr. Smith is our supposed teacher
P.P.S. I am asking this because in my first language when we use the perfective aspect (basically, a verb form that conveys a completed action with the emphasis on completion, kinda similar to past simple) many verbs don't sound right, like "speak" in this context. They sound too "short" or "quick" as if the teacher's act of speaking happened in a few seconds. I wonder if it sounds ok in English?