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doubt between Past Continuous and Past Simple

In the book English Grammar In Use by Raymond Murphy they gave the example for Past Continuous - ´Today Helen is wearing a skirt. Yesterday she was wearing trousers´. Please explain to me why it isn´t ...
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Difference between Past continuous and Past perfect continuous

In these following sentences, which one is grammatically correct? They were playing football since 10 o'clock. They had been playing football since 10 o'clock. According to this reference ...
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“spied” vs “was spying”

I'm studying Barron's 504 absolutely essential words and came across this sentence: "When the bank guard spied the sinister-looking customer, he drew his gun" but it seems odd to me..we are ...
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“where did you sit” vs. “where were you sitting”

I'm a little confused about the difference between this two sentences. Can you explain the exact meaning and all differences between this two? Where did you sit last section? Where were you ...
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difference between past simple and past continuous - when I called her

When I called her, she was studying. I know what it means. When I called her, she studied. But does the second sentence mean she started studying when I called her?
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Past tenses of Scuba-diving

Are these two sentences correct? A. Past continuous: We were mainly Scuba-Diving while we were there. B. Past Simple: Last week we Scuba-dove?
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Which tense should be used in this situation?

I am confused about what tense I should use in this situation. He ______ (can) picture his brother's face more clearly now, because he had saved the life of a fourteen-year-old boy, who remarkably ...
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“Words were different when they (lived / were living) inside of you”

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.” ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Shouldn't it be "...when they were living inside of you."?...
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weren't going vs didn't go [duplicate]

I already asked a question about “weren’t playing” vs. “didn’t play”. I’m not sure if the same rules apply in an example like this one: The weather was very bad, so we didn't go north. vs The ...
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Past Continuous with while

The sentence: The boy stole / was stealing the apples while nobody was looking / looked. Question: Which variant is more appropriate?
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Past Simple Passive vs Past Simple with 'follow'

Here is an extract from my grammar practice book. A young man was walking through a supermarket. Suddenly he noticed that he (follow) by an old lady. As far as I understand, in that situation we ...
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“the thing someone did was do something” or “the thing someone did was doing something”?

Here is what I have found in Crash Course US history at 13 minute and 4 second, and it really confused me. Whereas if you are an american arguably the most important thing the leader of this era ...
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Past Simple and Past Perfect. “I had seen” or “I saw” him a few days before he left

Yesterday I saw this sentence in some test without any context: I ... (see) him a few days before he ... (leave). My answer was "I'd seen him a few days before he left", but it was wrong. Right ...
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Why did the author use past continuous in that sentence

I came from a scene that is more punk than the garage scene. The first concerts I was going to were punk, like at the MIROITRIE.for a year Then I went to Canada for a year Why "was going"? Why past ...
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Past Perfect Continuous vs Past Continuous/Past Simple

Doing a grammar task I found this: A: Did you go out last night? B: No, 1) _____(work) all day, so I 2) _____(stay) in and 3) _____(watch) TV. The key says that the only option here is 1) had been ...
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is the past continuous with a duration better than the past perfect continuous in that case?

I was looking for him for 8 hours when I have found him I had been looking for him for 8 hours when I have found him Are both sentences equivalent in meaning? I think the second one stress the ...
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Past Progressive and Simple Past with the Time Clause (While)

While he was taking a shower, his dogs were eating his steaks. (That is the correct sentence according to the website that I visited.) We use the past progressive with the past progressive to show ...
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the sun shone or the sun was shining

I would like to know which one is preferable, or are both possible? It is raining now but this morning the sun was shining brightly or it is raining now but this morning the sun shone brightly.
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How to undsestand “hence the name by which they are known and ending with the Lateran Treaty of 1929”?

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Rome The whole sentence is: The agreements were signed in the Lateran Palace, hence the name by which they are known and ending with the Lateran ...
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past simple and continuous

"Nero played music while Rome was burning." I just copied it from one English workbook for primary school. If it was watched, saw... I would take it as correct. This really bothers me, I cannot think ...
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Past SImple vs Past Continuous

While practising past tenses I have encountered a couple of confusing dialogues. A: How was your holiday? B: Awful! It __________ (rain) the whole time. The key says that the right answer is ...
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Can the past perfect be replaced by the past continuous in this case?

Someone in the news died today and the following line was used: He had been suffering from ill health throughout 2017. Is it possible to say he was suffering from ill health throughout 2017?
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Past Continuous vs Past Simple

Is the sentence "He repaired his car the whole day" grammatical or not? Can Past Simple (He repaired) be used with the whole day instead of Past Continuous (He was repairing)? And if both ...
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He was working or worked for my father in the 1990s

Tom, who was working for my father in the 1990s, is now living in Ohio. Is it correct or should it be in Past Simple? I think it is correct because it is an action which was in progress in the past ...
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The baby was sleeping or slept?

I'm having a misunderstanding regarding Past Simple and Past Prog. The baby was sleeping peacefully through the night. or The baby slept peacefully through the night. Are both work? If not, ...
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Past progressive and past simple with while

I have a confusion regarding this Grammar rule, it's all about these two examples. I'm totally confused not because it's hard, but because the two answers are supposed to be the same, but they are ...
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Past simple or past coninuous?

I Need to prove my teacher wrong. We had an English test and there was this one task where we had to put the verbs in the right past tense (past simple or past continuous). So the sentence was: ...
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Why did the translator of Kafka's book “metamorphosis” choose past simple in the beginning of “the metamorphosis”?

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head ...
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Is it possible to use simple past with “During the last week”?

I wanted to write a sentence about last/past week and I have doubts A1) During the last week I arrived home at 7 A2) During the last week I was arriving at 7 B1) During the past week I ...
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Past simple or countinuous

In this example: "Being students, they didn't have much money and they worked as waiters at weekends" We can use in this example only "didn't have" because in this case it means "Possession", right? ...
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Past simple or past continuous?

1 Being students, they didn't have much money and they usually worked as waiters at weekends. Why do we need to use the past simple? 2 While they were studying, they were working as waiters at ...
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Are these sentences completely different in terms of context or just matter of choice?

Sentences: To me, they convey the same context (process was interrupted by some event but 1st shows us sequence of events while 2nd shows just inevitable fact of interruption of the process) I had ...
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It looks like 'past continuous' case but the first part is 'past perfect'

Sentence: For the moment he had shut his ears to the remoter noises and was listening to the stuff that streamed out of the telescreen (George Orwell 1984) past continuous: For the ...
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Should I use past continuous or past tense?

I'm not really sure which tense is more accurate when I just want to simply describe where I was working when I was in London one year ago. Should I use past continuous or past tense? I was working ...
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How do I convert this to past tense? “I will keep you update it on every step.”

I want to know how could I say or write this sentence in past: I will keep you update it on every step
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Did vs was doing vs had done vs had been doing

I worked a teacher before but now I work a translator. What would be the slight difference if, instead of worked, we say was working, had worked, had been working? What does each tense mean and ...
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“as I thought” or “as I was thinking”

Which one is correct? She is not as friendly as I thought. She is not as friendly as I was thinking. Both the past simple and the past continuous tense refer to an action made in the past. Which ...
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“had walked” vs “was walking”

In both cases chronological order is obvious, so what is the difference? I had walked along the road when I saw Dan. So I stopped, and we had a chat. I was walking along the road when I saw Dan. So ...
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“had talked” vs “were talking”

Would you please explain the differences between these sentences? We had talked when someone knocked at the door. We were talking when someone knocked at the door.
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What is the difference among these: (I was wondering vs I wondered vs I had wondered) [closed]

What is the difference among these sentences: Well, there are a lot of questions that I missed on the test, but I can’t figure out why I got them wrong. I was wondering if you could explain ...
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'I called you yesterday' or 'I was calling you yesterday'?

Which one of these sentences are more accurate in this specific context and what the differences between both of them are? A: I was calling you yesterday about the flat you are offering B: I ...
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Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous

A- When I last went to Moscow, they had renovated St Basil's Cathedral, (They finished renovating the cathedral before I went to Moscow,) B- When I last went to Moscow, they had been ...
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“…she had not been attending class” or “…she was not attending class”?

What is the difference between the following two sentences: Betty failed the final test because she had not been attending class. Betty failed the final test because she was not attending ...
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past continous use of the word “do”

Did you do your homework while you were coming to school? Were you doing your homework while you came to school? Does it mean that in the second sentence the homework was not finished when the ...
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“Everyone at school was looking at what I wore” - why not “Everyone at school looked at what I was wearing”?

When I was a teenager, I used to think that everyone at school was looking at me and judging what I looked like, what I wore, and how I acted. Why "everyone at school was looking at me and judging" ...
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Past progressive for a finished event

It was Friday, the first day of our skiing holiday, and my friend Jason and I __________ down the mountain together. We wanted to catch the ski lift back down to our hotel. I answered had been skiing,...
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Maise ate / had been eating sweets all evening so it was not suprising > she didn't want any supper

On my last lesson I had a discussion with my teacher about the sentence described below. The reason was that on my grammar reference in one of my books is written that past perfect continuos can be ...
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What's the difference between “It had snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive.” & “It snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive.”?

What's the difference between It had snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive. It snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive. I think in the first sentence there is causality and ...
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Past Indefinite or Past Continuous?

I have a simple at first sight question, but it seems confusing for some of my collegues. There is the sentence, where we need to insert Past Simple or Past Continuous, please help to fill these gaps ...
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Past continuous use for something that's accomplished

The girl said, "Oh I thought Danny was giving me his scarf because it was so special, but he gave me it because he doesn't support United any more!" Why past continuous here? Is it because it is a ...