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    were talking/talked


    I'm wondering if there's a significant difference between the sentences below.

    (a lecturer to students):
    (1) Last time we talked about the French revolution.
    (2) Last time we were talking about the French revolution.

    Does (2) imply a longer and a more active process when compared to (1)? Would a native speaker use either (depending on what they wanted to emphasize)?

    Thank you!

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    Re: were talking/talked

    I think I'm more likely to say "We talked about."

    If the class ended before the discussion was completed, I would say "We were talking about."
    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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