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When you remember about an event and refer it, would you use simple past or past progressive?

For example:

Yesterday I went to a rock concert. I liked the last song very much. Everyone was singing it. I was impressed.

Or can I say like this using simple past:

Yesterday I went to a rock concert. I liked the last song very much. Everyone sang it. I was impressed.

I don't really understand the nuance of these two expressions.

Can I say both? If so, what is their difference?

And I have another question: How would it be if I add the verb "enjoy" to it?

Everyone was enjoying singing it.

Everyone enjoyed singing it.

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Past progressive can be a richer, more descriptive use of language. It can help put more focus on the timing of the event and enable the reader/listener to picture the scene.

For example, "I went to a concert. The band played well. Everybody sang" is just a list of things that happened. It sounds a little bland.

By contrast, "Last night I went to a concert. Everybody was singing while the band was playing" is more colourful. It better conveys that the singing was going on throughout the concert, rather than just a fixed event that happened at some point during it. The reader/listener might be able to picture themselves there, with everybody around them, singing.

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