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    Advanced Use of Past Continuous

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    Here's an explanation of the use of the Past Continuous in Advanced Longman English for Intermadiate Students. In #1 we can read that the Past Continuous can be used just to emphasize duration, e.g. It was raining all day. Can I use this tense just to emphasize duration in the following situations:
    1.Yesteday's homework was difficult - I was doing it for three hours.
    2.Yesteday's homework was difficult - I was doing it ___ three hours.
    3.Yesteday's homework was difficult - I was doing it all day.
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    Re: Advanced Use of Past Continuous

    Yes, but it took me three hours sounds more natural to me.

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