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    #1

    was doing or did?

    Hello everyone,
    Are these two sentences correct and if they are is there any difference between them in meaning? I mean is it possible sometimes to use Past Simple instead of Past Continuous?

    1. "What were you doing yesterday?"
    2. "What did you do yesterday?"

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: was doing or did?

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    They are both correct. If you know the difference between simple and continuous tense, it will be easy to you to understand that difference between sentences.
    Sometimes you can use continuous instead of simple and vice versa.

    If you asked me your #1 sentence, I'd say "I was playing football", "I was sleeping almost the whole day!"
    If you asked me #2, I'd say something in the past simple: "I played football with John", "Oh, unfortunately, I dozed off in the middle of my favourite TV show for 5 hours!"

    If I'm wrong, teachers will correct me (or delete my message) and answer your question.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 04-May-2014 at 18:46.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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