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    I was doing/I did

    Hello!
    Could you correct these examples, please if they are wrong and tell me if both options are possible?

    1. But while I was doing/did the language course, I met lots of young people from all over the world.
    2. But last year I was not working/did not work hard enough for English, that's why my marks were not really that good then. Thank you.
    Last edited by teechar; 08-Feb-2017 at 16:06. Reason: removed foreign formatting tags

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    Re: I was doing/I did

    Hello Sarah18, and welcome to the forum.
    Is there a reason the above sentences start with "but"?

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    #3

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    Whatever the reason for the but, there is a comma splice in #2. You can correct this by putting and before that's, changing that's to which is, or changing the comma after English to a semi-colon or full stop.

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    #4

    Re: I was doing/I did

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Hello Sarah18, and welcome to the forum.
    Is there a reason the above sentences start with "but"?
    Thank you They are from this test https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/tests/language-course
    I also wanted to ask another question about the first sentence from this test. Maybe it would be better to start a new thread for my new question?

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    #5

    Re: I was doing/I did

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah18 View Post

    1. But while I was doing/did the language course, I met lots of young people from all over the world.
    2. But last year I was not working/did not work hard enough for English, that's why my marks were not really that good then. Thank you.
    In #1 the progressive form is appropriate. It emphasises the ongoing duration of the course.
    In #2, both forms are possible. We can think of the work extending over a year or as a completed situation in the year.

    Please ask a question about a different sentence in a new thread.
    Last edited by teechar; 09-Feb-2017 at 12:03. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In #1 the progressive form is appropriate. It emphasises the ongoing duration of the course.
    In #2, both forms are possible. We can think of the work extending over a yea,r or as a completed situation in the year.

    Please ask a question about a different sentence in a new thread.
    I will post my question now.

    Should while be always followed by past continuous?

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    Should while be always followed by past continuous?
    No. For example,
    Can you please mind the kids while I mow the lawn?

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    No. For example,
    Can you please mind the kids while I mow the lawn?
    I mean when talking about an action that started and continued in the past like in this sentence: But while I was doing/did the language course, I met lots of young people from all over the world.

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    #9

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    The past simple (not the continuous) is used with stative verbs.

    While he owned that building, he never allowed anyone to go inside it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    The past simple (not the continuous) is used with stative verbs.

    While he owned that building, he never allowed anyone to go inside it.
    But my example doesn't have a stative verb.

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