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  1. fatimah_asam

    Smile past continuous tense

    My colleague asked me why I was so tired this morning.

    I answered as follow:
    first line: I woke up by my neighbor's noise last night.
    second line:
    (a)My neighbor could have had a party last night.
    (b)My neighbor could have been having a party last night.

    For second sentence, I do not know which one is better.
    To an English native, which one do you think is more suitable?

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    Re: past continuous tense

    First line- this should be I was woken up
    (b) is probably better, though it implies that you're not sure whether your neighbour was having a party or not, and if the noise was loud enough to wake you up, you'd probably know.

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