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    Perfect continous or past continous

    I am wondering which tense should one use in this kind of narrative. For example:

    1.One day our neighbour came into our house. He had been sitting for hours before he finally explained the reason for his visit.
    or should one instead use past continues and write:
    2.One day our neighbour came into our house. He was sitting for hours before he finally explained the reason for his visit.

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    Re: Perfect continous or past continous

    'Was sitting' or just 'sat'. The first words of the second sentence in #1 led me to expect something like: "He had been sitting ... outside for a long time before he plucked up the courage to come in".

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