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    In prehistorical times, humans were living

    Which is correct?

    1- In prehistorical times, humans were living in tribes where everyone knew each other.

    2- In prehistorical times, humans lived in tribes where everyone knew each other.

    3- In prehistorical times, humans used to live in tribes where everyone knew each other.

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    Re: In prehistorical times, humans were living

    Number 2 is grammatically correct if you change prehistorical to prehistoric.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: In prehistorical times, humans were living

    2 is correct and natural, I agree.

    1 could work, depending on the context of the discussion you wanted to set up. If you want to draw the reader into the time, the continuous sets you in the middle of the action a bit more. "Let's not forget, we're talking about a very long time ago. In prehistoric times, humans were living in tribes where everyone knew each other, so coming across a stranger only a mile away from your home would be very unexpected. Given this, it's not surprising that... "
    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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