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Which one is more common?

Sensing something amiss, I thought that the special relativity theory (SRT) was paradoxical until a friend of mine challenged me.

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Sensing something amiss, I had been thinking that special relativity theory (SRT) was paradoxical until a friend of mine challenged me.

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  • You could figure out the answer to questions like these yourself by doing a little research on the use of the PAST and PAST PERFECT tenses. Commented May 17, 2022 at 8:58

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You can just look at this Ngram viewer here, which shows which is more commonly used.

As you can see in the link, "thought" is a lot more commonly used than "had been thinking".

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