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    had been running vs. was running

    Hi everyone,

    Which of these 2 sentences is correct?

    1."I had been running for 20 minutes when the phone rang."

    2. "I was running for 20 minutes when the phone rang."

    Thank you.

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    Re: had been running vs. was running

    The first is natural.

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