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    Verona_82 is offline Senior Member
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    was sleeping / had been sleeping

    Hello,

    I'd appreciate it if somebody could have a look at my thoughts and comment on them. I need to explain the difference between the following sentences:

    (1) I was sleeping until you came
    (2) I had been sleeping until you came

    I think (2) implies a longer process.Perhaps I woke up because you came.
    (1) only says I was asleep at some time before your arrival.

    Would adding "for 2 hours" make (1) sound fine too?

    Thank you!

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    Re: was sleeping / had been sleeping

    Frankly, I don't feel any real difference between the two.

    I do feel that 'asleep' is more natural than 'sleeping' in both.

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