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    Past simple or Past Progressive

    I heard someone said:
    "It rained from 5 to 7 o'clock"

    Is it possible to say in colloquial speech just to state the fact without any intention to emphasize the ongoing action in the past?

    OR

    One should have said: "It was raining from 5 to 7 o'clock"?

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    #2

    Past simple or Past Progressive

    I heard someone said:
    "It rained from 5 to 7 o'clock"

    Is it possible to say in colloquial speech just to state the fact without any intention to emphasize the ongoing action in the past?

    OR

    One should have said: "It was raining from 5 to 7 o'clock"?

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    #3

    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I heard someonesay:
    "It rained from 5 to 7 o'clock"

    Is it possible to say in colloquial speech just to state the fact without any intention to emphasize the ongoing action in the past?

    OR

    One should have said: "It was raining from 5 to 7 o'clock"?
    "It rained from 5 to 7 o'clock" is perfectly fine.

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    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "It rained from 5 to 7 o'clock" is perfectly fine.
    Most appreciative for your help sir!

    Another qustion came up.

    Can I use the Pats Progresive with simple past just to contrast two actions?

    For example:

    I was having a cup of decaf, while she ate her lunch.

    Can I use in speech when insted of while?

    I had a cup of decaf, when she was eating her lunch

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    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Most appreciative for your help sir!

    Another qustion came up.

    Can I use the Pats Progresive with simple past just to contrast two actions?

    For example:

    I was having a cup of decaf, while she ate her lunch.

    Can I use in speech when insted of while?

    I had a cup of decaf, when she was eating her lunch
    Or

    I was sitting in the cabin of a jet as it bounced its way through turbulence.

    I want to emphasize here that " I was sitting and the jet just bounced its way."

    OR

    Can I use in the previous sentence" it was bouncing its way through turbulence" just to say it was happening at the same time?

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    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Most appreciative for your help sir!

    Another qustion came up.

    Can I use the Past Progressive with simple past just to contrast two actions?

    For example:

    I was having a cup of decaf, while she ate her lunch. Yes, this is correct.

    Can I use in speech when insted of while? No.

    I had a cup of decaf, when she was eating her lunch
    .

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    #7

    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Or

    I was sitting in the cabin of a jet as it bounced its way through turbulence. Yes, this is correct.

    I want to emphasize here that " I was sitting and the jet just bounced its way."

    OR

    Can I use in the previous sentence" it was bouncing its way through turbulence" just to say it was happening at the same time?
    You could say "...while it was bouncing it's way..."

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    #8

    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I use the Past Progressive with simple past just to contrast two actions?

    For example:

    I was having a cup of decaf, while she ate her lunch.

    Can I use in speech when insted of while?

    I had a cup of decaf, when she was eating her lunch
    I would rather use the past continuous tense to contrast two actions taking place in parallel in the past.

    I was having a cup of tea while she was eating her lunch.
    And I wouldn't use the when instead of while for the meaning's pretty different.

    I would use the when for another case

    I was doing my homework in biology when the earthquake broke out.

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    #9

    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say "...while it was bouncing it's way..."
    It's way?
    I believe ostap77 was right when he said its.

    Cheers!

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    #10

    Re: Past simple or Past Progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    It's way?
    I believe ostap77 was right when he said its.

    Cheers!
    Yes he was.

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