My teacher told me that when I just want to state a fact and I don't intend to make any store then I'm only allowed to use the past simple and not the past continuous For instance

I worked there for three months

I was working there for three months

Is that true or both versions are correct when I just state a fact what I did for three months?

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    Like many general rules, they apply sometimes and not always. Both versions make sense by themselves. Commented Jan 25 at 18:58
  • Both sound natural by themsleves? Commented Jan 25 at 19:00
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    The second (continuous) version is unlikely except in contexts where you're also talking about other things that happened in the past, such as I was working there for three months when the hurricane hit. But when in doubt, always use simple verb tenses. Commented Jan 25 at 19:38
  • Thank you....... Commented Jan 25 at 19:41
  • Hm, there's a difference between "not allowed to"/"correct" vs "not likely to"/"odd". It's not a rule. Commented Jan 25 at 21:27

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"I worked here for three months" - You worked there for 3 months but no longer work at that company anymore

"I was working there for three months" - You worked there for 3 months and still working for that company now

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    No, this is not the meaning of "was working".
    – James K
    Commented Jan 30 at 6:42
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