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    "I had been wanting to see that play, so I was pleased when I won the tickets."

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    "I wanted to see that play, so I was pleased when I won the tickets."


    "She had been trying to finish her degree that year."

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    "She was trying to finish her degree that year."

    Which one is more common to be heard in conversation?

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    Re: common

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I would say that, in both cases, either one seems natural.
    "I was wanting to do................." Can "want" be used with a past progressive?

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    Re: common

    I was wanting to be the first -
    I had wanted to be the first -
    You can use both but we would normally use the second, the first sounds awkward.
    Also, I did want to be the first.

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    Re: common

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    I was wanting to be the first -
    I had wanted to be the first -
    You can use both but we would normally use the second, the first sounds awkward.
    Also, I did want to be the first.
    How about "I had been wanting...."?

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    Re: common

    In all cases, they are correct. However, we tend to use the easy way out when in a conversation; so we would gravitate to the the second sentence in both instances.

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