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    Past Continuous: was throwing a tantrum

    Hello,

    Rightly or wrongly, I instinctively (as a non-native) say,

    "She has always been such a difficult child. She was throwing another tantrum this morning too."

    But I can't answer myself WHY I would use Past Continuous in this sentence. If my instinct is correct, can someone please give me a grammatical reason for the usage?

    If I'm wrong, can you please explain why?

    And can you please have a look at the following sentences and the tenses? (FYI, these are made-up sentences, I don't believe in spanking.)

    Molly was having another one of her tantrums this morning. So I gave her a spank. She has always been a difficult child. But I have had enough!

    Thank you.

    Nawee
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    Re: Past Continuous: was throwing a tantrum

    Hi Nawee, this is an interesting question.

    I think it is correct because you are describing an action that is in progress (a tantrum) at a specific time (this morning).

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    Re: Past Continuous: was throwing a tantrum

    If the tantrum is over and you are relaying the events later in the day, then "She threw another tantrum this morning" would be the appropriate use of tense - past simple. However, if you combine it with another simultaneous event then you could use the past continuous - "She was throwing another tantrum when I went into her room this morning". The tantrum was ongoing at the time of the other action (that of you entering her room).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past Continuous: was throwing a tantrum

    Can't the tantrum be the background/reason and the spanking interrupted her tantrum? Something along this line:

    He was looking for a pen. So I lent him mine.

    Nawee

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    Re: Past Continuous: was throwing a tantrum

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Can't the tantrum be the background/reason and the spanking interrupted her tantrum? Something along this line:

    He was looking for a pen. So I lent him mine.

    Nawee
    Yes it can. I'd assume ems was answering your first question, which doesn't include a subsequent action.

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