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    #1

    had been waiting/was waiting

    Below sentence grammatically correct,If not correct it also please explain

    1.Vijay had been waiting 3 hours when I arrived
    2.Vijay was waiting 3 hours when I arrived.

    Kumar

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    Re: had been waiting/was waiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kumar Nadimuthu View Post
    Below Are the sentences below grammatically correct? If not, please correct it them and also please explain your corrections.

    1. Vijay had been waiting 3 hours when I arrived.
    2. Vijay was waiting 3 hours when I arrived.

    Kumar Unnecessary, we know your username.
    Sentence 1 is correct if you add "for" before "3 hours". When we are talking about a duration, we say "for + length of time". Sentence 2 is incorrect because the past simple is not correct in the context given.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: had been waiting/was waiting

    As a speaker of AmE, I'm okay with #1 without the "for." (I'm certainly okay WITH it, but I don't find it incorrect without it.)
    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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