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If I say: 1 I was living in America for a year. (it will be a bad sentence on its own)

If I say: 2 I lived in America for a year. (it will be OK)

If I say: 3 You were eating this sandwich for an hour. (it will be OK)

Any idea why 1 is wrong (without additional context) but 3 is OK on its own?

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