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    My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    Which is correct, rang or was ringing?

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    Re: My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    You need to try first. Which do you think is correct, and why?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    was ringing

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    Re: My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    Did you wake up at 6am and discover, coincidentally, that your alarm clock was ringing? Or were you woken up at 6am by your alarm clock (which is, after all, its job)?
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    Re: My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    I was woken up by my alarm clock. Do you mean rang is the correct answer?

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    Re: My alarm clock _________(ring) at 6 a.m., the time when I woke up.

    I haven't actually said that but yes, "rang" is more natural. Even more common is "My alarm went off at 6am". We rarely refer to "alarm clocks", mainly because a lot of people use something else with an alarm function, such as a mobile phone. If the alarm does its job and wakes you up, we don't normally bother mentioning the waking up.

    - You look a little tired this morning.
    - That's not surprising. My alarm went off at 5am!

    If it didn't do its job properly then we would mention it:

    - Why were you late for work this morning?
    - I'm really sorry. My alarm went off at 6 but I didn't hear it/but I slept right through it.
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