She found a strange girl. She was wearing a hospital gown, her hair was shaved and she did not talk.

Would like to know if "was not talking" ,what I answered to this test,is possible. We can think that this incapacity of talking is temporary https://www.liveworksheets.com/worksheets/en/English_as_a_Second_Language_(ESL)/Verb_tenses/Mixed_tenses_mb1382451ex

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In general, you can choose whichever tense fits your meaning. The tense of the verb carries meaning, unlike (for example) the agreement of the verb in number.

So normally you can change the tense to give a different meaning. And in this case you could use "wasn't talking", though perhaps "didn't talk (at that time)" or "couldn't talk" are the more likely meanings.

  • at that time indicate that is a continuous thing it is temporary so why wasn't talking is not as good as did not talk
    – Yves Lefol
    Commented Oct 17, 2021 at 8:17
  • I have changed the broken liknk
    – Yves Lefol
    Commented Oct 17, 2021 at 8:17

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