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    Time words used with the Past Continuous and the Past Simple

    Good evening!
    I have a doubt:
    Is it possible to use while/as/when with the past continuous to refer to the longest of the two actions without any change of meaning?
    a)"While I was playing football, my mother arrived home."
    b)"As I was playing football, my mother arrived home."
    c)"When I was playing football, my mother arrived home."
    Or can we only use "while" for the longer action (Past Continuous) and "when" for the shorter action (Past Simple)?

    I've been told that sentences b) and c) are wrong, but I don't exactly understand why.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Time words used with the Past Continuous and the Past Simple

    I think c) is OK. It's more of a problem to use while with the part about the mother arriving. B) doesn't sound very natural to me. I would use as for two actions of a similar duration.

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