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    was remembering

    OXFORD says remember usually is not used in the progressive tenses. But I read in MACMILLAN (word) such a sentence:

    I was remembering the words of my old friend.

    I don't understand why the progressive tense is used in this sentence. Could you explain it? Thank you, sir.

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    Re: was remembering

    Oxford say 'not usually', not 'never'. We don't usually do it, but it can be done for emphasis, to be tentative, etc. In the Macmillan example, is there more cobntext? It is unclear to me why they are using it there.

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    Re: was remembering

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Oxford say 'not usually', not 'never'. We don't usually do it, but it can be done for emphasis, to be tentative, etc. In the Macmillan example, is there more cobntext? It is unclear to me why they are using it there.
    Dear sir,
    Thank you for your trouble. I searched the Internet, and found a lot of sentences with "was remembering". Here's one:

    As I started to read an article O.C. Register web site, I was remembering back a couple of decades to the late 70ís and early 80ís. Hearing the name Lynyrd Skynyrd brought back memories of the high school band my brother was playing in around that time.

    Can I interpret the sentence as "I gradually remembered ..." or " I remembered bit by bit back..."?

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