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Two days ago I read this sentence in my grammar book; the exercise required me to use either the Simple Past or the Past continuous and warned me that
each sentence contained both. I had problem with this sentence
I...............(break) my leg when I .........................(climb) the mountain
Is it possible to have simple past and past continuous in this sentence?
After WHEN I would write a Simple Past, but I cannot understand if it is possible to write a Past Continuous in the first part!!??????
I would use Simple Past in both parts:
I broke my leg when I climbed the mountain
Please tell me your opinion..
George whistled while he worked, which used to annoy me.
1. Sally was writing a report while Barry was preparing lunch.
2. Sally wrote a report while Barry was preparing lunch.
3. While Sally was writing a report, Barry prepared lunch.
4. While Sally wrote a report, Barry prepared the lunch.
In #1 , the speaker emphasises that both situations, writing and preparing. extended over a period; in #4, s/he makes no such emphasis, just reporting that the situations of writing and preparation actualised at the same time. In #2 and #3, the suggestion is that the situation spoken of using the past progressive (continuous) filled a longer time period than the one described in the past simple. The change in position of while reinforces this.