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    simple or progressive??

    Hello!

    In one of the exerises I was doing I had the following sentence:

    The flight attendant announced that we had to fasten our seat belts, which was a bit worrying, and for half and hour we _______ through a terrible storm.

    My first impulse was to use the Past Continuous, were flying, to give some emphasis to the duration, but the key gives 'flew' as the correct alternative. Are both possible? If not, what's wrong with the Past Continous here?

    I'd appreciate it if anybody could help.

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    Re: simple or progressive??

    I agree with you - "were flying" does stress the duration. Both are right. Bad question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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