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    #1

    had been sitting, was sitting

    ---What's wrong with your coat?
    ---Just now when I wanted to get off the bus, the man next to me _____ on it.
    This was one of China's College Entrance Examination questions. The given answer was 'had been sitting'. I wondered why another choice, 'was sitting', couldn't be used.
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me? Thank you very much.

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    Re: had been sitting, was sitting

    For me:
    was sitting - still sitting at the time I wanted to leave
    had been sitting - was no longer sitting

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