Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences?
I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because I worked the whole day yesterday.
I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because I was working the whole day yesterday.
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These both mean the same, generally, but would normally be used in response to different situations.
If someone asked about the total amount of time you were doing something:
How much do we owe you?
Well, I worked the whole day yesterday.
If someone wanted to confirm your location at a certain time:
Where were you yesterday afternoon?
Well, I was working the whole day yesterday.