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    Smile a question about tense, help me

    i met with a question like this:
    A: stop eating the cake!
    B: I ________________.
    "was just tasting it" or " just tasted " which is better?
    thanks!

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    Default Re: a question about tense, help me

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwilliam1972 View Post
    i met with a question like this:
    A: stop eating the cake!
    B: I ________________.
    "was just tasting it" or " just tasted " which is better?
    thanks!
    "was just tasting it". it is an excuse, and shows that the person was caught while eating it.
    whereas in "just tasted" , it implies that the person has already eaten it.

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    Default Re: a question about tense, help me

    I don't agree with Sandhya that there's any such implication. "Was tasting" sounds right, I think because we use the progressive tense for an action that's in progress when something else happens. Here, the "something else" isn't stated, but is understood as A interrupting B eating.
    If A had noticed some of the cake was missing but hadn't seen A eating it, so there was an interval between actions, the simple past tense, "tasted", would be correct.

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