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    Past simple tense to describe simultaneous actions?

    I know that we can use past continuous tense to describe parallel actions.


    • I was studying while he was making dinner.


    This conveys the meaning that the two actions were happening at the same time. Can we use past simple tense to express simultaneous actions too?


    • I studied while he made dinner.


    Is the above sentence correct? If so, does it have the same meaning as the one with past progressive tense?

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    Re: Past simple tense to describe simultaneous actions?

    It does to me.
    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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