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    how long were you working

    Hello,

    I found this sentence in "Destination C1&C2" by Macmillan:

    We were working on my computer for four hours yesterday.

    If one wants to find out about the duration of this activity, should they ask

    How long were you working on your computer yesterday?

    Thank you!

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    Re: how long were you working

    You can ask that.

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    Re: how long were you working

    Thanks, 5jj, I don't know why, but it sounded unusual to me.
    But there's one more thing I'd like to ask about the original sentence. When might you say it? I mean, why would a person go for the past contuous rather than just state "I worked for four hours"? Just for the sake of emphasizing the duration?

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    Re: how long were you working

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Just for the sake of emphasizing the duration?
    Exactly.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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