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    Default Past continuous vs Past perfect continuous

    a) Henson never thought about retirement. In fact, he was making/had been making a documentary film about the indigenous people of Chile when he died.

    b) The couple described how they were eating/had been eating in the dining room.

    c) The couple described how they were eating/had been eating in the dining room when the explosion destroyed the hotel.

    d) She was breathing hard as if she had been running/had run.

    Are all these sentences possible? Are they grammatically correct? Or are there any differences in the meaning?

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    Default Re: Past continuous vs Past perfect continuous

    a) Henson never thought about retirement. In fact, he was making/had been making a documentary film about the indigenous people of Chile when he died.

    b) The couple described how they were eating/had been eating in the dining room.

    c) The couple described how they were eating/had been eating in the dining room when the explosion destroyed the hotel.

    d) She was breathing hard as if she had been running/had run.

    Are all these sentences possible? Are they grammatically correct? Or are there any differences in the meaning?

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