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    Which phrase would be more correct?

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    Which phrase would be more correct? -'While he was answering it' or 'when he answered it.'

    While Tom was reading in his bed last night, his phone rang. When/While he was answering it, the caller hanged up.

    If I am not mistaken 'when' is not used in past continuous, is it?

    Thanks

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    Re: Which phrase would be more correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,


    Which phrase would be more correct? -'While he was answering it' or 'when he answered it.'

    While Tom was reading in his bed last night, his phone rang. When/While he was answering it, the caller hung up.

    If I am not mistaken 'when' is not used in past continuous, is it?

    Thanks
    They could both work. I prefer "when he answered it".

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    Re: Which phrase would be more correct?

    But you wouldn't say; 'When he was answering it,' would you?

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    Re: Which phrase would be more correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    But you wouldn't say; 'When he was answering it,' would you?
    It's possible.

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