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    simple past and past continuous

    Look at these sentences:

    1) I was doing the same thing every day, but they didn't give me any new responsabilities

    One of my students inquired me if he could invert the tenses:

    2) I did the same thing every day, but they were not giving me any new responsabilities.

    In our native language people use the gerund form very often and for all verbs, and I wonder if this "weren't giving" sounds unatural. What do you, native speakers, think of it?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: simple past and past continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Look at these sentences:

    1) I was doing the same thing every day, but they didn't give me any new responsibilities.

    One of my students inquired me if he could invert the tenses:

    2) I did the same thing every day, but they were not giving me any new responsibilities.

    In our native language people use the gerund form very often and for all verbs, and I wonder if this "weren't giving" sounds unatural. What do you, native speakers, think of it?

    Many thanks.
    "Weren't giving" sounds OK but I would stick with the same tense throughout. "I was doing the same thing every day, but they weren't giving me any new responsibilities."

    Note the correct spelling of "responsibilities".

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    Re: simple past and past continuous

    Thank you!

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