I'm curious of the meaning of the usage of the past tense in this example:
I was the last to leave the office last night.
The first option:
Everybody else had gone home when I left
Everybody else had gone home when I was leaving
I know that the right answer is the first ("I left"), but it seems a little bit strange to me, since I would rather stress that by the time of leaving the office was empty. In other words I would underline the action prior to which everybody had left the office. But "left" implies the result and seems to be queer.