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    Tense

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    I was doing exercises for two hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    Please, check...
    I was doing exercises for two hours.
    Hello,
    You can choose:

    I have been doing exercises for two hours.
    I have been exercising for two hours.
    I did exercises for two hours.
    I exercised for two hours.
    Last edited by sb70012; 16-Nov-2013 at 17:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello,
    You can choose:

    I have been doing exercises for two hours.
    I have been exercising for two hours.
    I did exercises for two hours.
    I exercised for two hours.
    And if I say "I was doing exercises during the whole morning?"(isn't it correct?)(when I express that the action was being continused in the certain period of time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    And if I say "I was doing exercises during the whole morning?"(isn't it correct?)(when I express that the action was being continused in the certain period of time)
    Sorry, I have to say " continuoused"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello,
    You can choose:

    I have been doing exercises for two hours.
    I have been exercising for two hours.
    I did exercises for two hours.
    I exercised for two hours.
    I don't agree you with first and second sentences,because your sentence means that the action is still continuoused and I want to sat that I was doing it in the sertain period of time in the past)

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    And if I say "I was doing exercises during the whole morning?"(isn't it correct?)(when I express that the action was being continused (continuous) in the certain period of time)
    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    I don't agree you with first and second sentences,because your sentence means that the action is still continuoused (continuous) and I want to sat that I was doing it in the sertain (certain) period of time in the past)
    Yes you can say that too: I was doing exercises during the whole morning.

    Your own sentence in post #1 is correct too:
    I was doing exercises for two hours.
    or
    I was exercising for two hours.

    1. I have been doing exercises for two hours.
    2. I have been exercising for two hours.
    3. I did exercises for two hours.
    4. I exercised for two hours.
    4. I was doing exercises for two hours.
    5. I was exercising for two hours.
    6. I was doing exercises during the whole morning.
    Last edited by sb70012; 16-Nov-2013 at 17:28.

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    Re: Tense

    Natural English would be "I was doing exercises all morning" if you are talking about written work or something like maths problems. If you were doing some kind of physical exercise (yoga etc), then you can say "I was doing exercise all morning" although you won't hear that very often. If you were doing unspecified physical exercise, then "I was exercising all morning" is fine.

    They really don't work with "during the whole morning". It's not ungrammatical, it's just that "all morning" is much more natural and heard more frequently.

    Often, people use "during" when "throughout" would be a better choice. For example:

    He snored during the whole/entire meeting.
    He snored throughout the meeting.

    The second is much more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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