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Is there any difference between past continuous + past simple and past perfect continuous + past simple?

The first says what you were doing when something happened. The second provides a time sequence to that activity. One activity precedes another. The power went out and up until then, you were watching ...
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"When I was playing she was cooking" and "she had been cooking"

Sentence 2 is wrong. Sentence 1 could do with a bit of a tweak. The narration of past events can indeed be done using different tenses, for example: I was cooking when she knocked at the door I had ...
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Is it correct to avoid mentioning any additional events with the past continuous?

Past continuous tense and Past perfect continuous tense To answer the question OP asked in the heading - Is it correct to avoid mentioning any additional events with the past continuous? The answer ...
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Using Past Cont instead of Past Perf Cont

Past continuous vs. past perfect continuous tense The difference between the past perfect continuous tense and the past continuous tense is a topic that could cause confusion. Both of these can show ...
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I worked/was working late at the office

You need to understand that the choice of tense doesn't begin with "Which tense is right?" but with "Which tense communicates the right meaning?" In both of your examples, either ...
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