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    Visited/visiting him twice a day

    Hello,

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    - When John was in hospital, we visited/were visiting him twice a day.

    I cannot decide which one is better - simple past or prograssive. I gather that both are OK but I am not sure.

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    #2

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    My default choice would be the past simple.

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    #3

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    Even if he stayed in hospital for a short time- maybe 2 months - would using the past cont. be weird?
    Last edited by ademoglu; 29-Aug-2015 at 17:48. Reason: chancing the simple past" to the past cont."

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    #4

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    No.

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    #5

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    I do not see the need to use the past continuous when you can use the simple past tense.
    The past continuous is used to describe two actions in the past or an action at a specific time.
    http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastcontinuous.html
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    Sorry, Rover, I had to chance the question because the previous one was not what I wanted to ask.

    Is your answer "no" to the post 3?

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    #7

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    It was my answer to post #3 before you changed it.

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    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    I would use the simple past tense.

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    #9

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    Others have given good responses to your original question. I would like to point out that, in America, we are in the hospital.

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    #10

    Re: Visited/visiting him twice a day

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Even if he stayed in hospital for a short time- maybe 2 months - would using the past cont. be weird?
    I would not consider two months in hospital to be a short time. Two days is a short time. But that's irrelevant for your point.

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