I am trying to understand what meaning Past Simple carries when it's combined with a period of time. (compared to Past Continuous)
Yesterday I stayed home because it was raining
As I understand, this sentence means that the rain was occuring around the time I made the decision to stay home. And the points when the rain began and stopped are uknown. It might have started 2 days before my decision and ended a week later. 1. Is that assumption correct?
And If we change it to
"Yesterday I stayed home because it rained" (likely incorrect)
It will mean that I stayed home because there was 1 instance of rain somewhere within yesterday. Not necesarrily at the time I was making my decision and as a result this sentence becomes a little absurd in terms of meaning, similar to "It rained in the morning, so at 3 pm I decided to stay home and not go outside"
2. Is that 2nd assumption correct?
3. Does the same logic apply here:
At that party we danced and listened to music
"Somewhere within the timeframe of that party there was 1 or several instances of dancing and listening to music, and they didn't not necessarily last the whole party"