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    #1

    were hanging/hung

    Are both words (were hanging and hung) possible in the following context?
    I looked around the room. A big table stood in the center and beautiful pictures were hanging/hung on the walls.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 22-Nov-2014 at 18:26.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: were hanging/hung

    Both are okay. A stickler might argue that the two tenses should agree, so since "stood" was used rather than "was standing" you should choose "hung" rather than "were hanging". But in actual usage you hear these tenses mixed all the time.

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