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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:28:41 AM

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Unit 4, C

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We often use the past simple in a narrative (e.g. a report or a story) to talk about a single complete past event and the past continuous to describe the situation that existed at the time. The event might have interrupted the situation, or happened while the situation was in progress:

Erika dropped her bag while she was getting into her car.
She was shaking with anger as she left the hotel.

What about the scenario with an action being in progress while the situation is in progress? Can I say

John was panting as he was climbing up the slope.
I could hear him panting as he was climbing up the slope.

?

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:36:55 AM

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Yes - they work perfectly.

You could (in a story) have all three - a situation, an ongoing progressive action and an interrupting "punctual" action.

I called him when could hear him panting as he was climbing up the slope, "Slow down, there's no rush!"

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:20:59 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Yes - they work perfectly.

Thank you.

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
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