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    #1

    Confusing grammar.

    He played a piano when he was a kid.

    Why don't we say:
    He was playing a piano when he was a kid.

    2/She talked to her son for 2 hours.
    Why don't we say:
    She has been talking to her son for 2 hours.

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    #2

    Re: Confusing grammar.

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    He played a piano when he was a kid.

    Why don't we say:
    He was playing a piano when he was a kid.
    It depends on whether you are speaking solely about a past action or whether you are referring to a past action that was in progress when another past action/event occurred.


    2/She talked to her son for 2 hours. Simple past action that has ended.
    Why don't we say:
    She has been talking to her son for 2 hours. Past action up to the present time.
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    Re: Confusing grammar.

    Not a teacher!


    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    He played a piano when he was a kid.
    If you want to state the fact that somebody played a musical instrument in the past then you should write as follows:

    He played the piano when he was a kid. or He played the violin when he was a kid.

    See play - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com play (verb) No 10

    TomUK

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