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    FlyingKitties is offline Newbie
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    past continuous/perfect continuous

    What is the difference between the sentences of each group?:

    I was having a beautiful dream when the alarm clock rang.
    I had been having a beautiful dream when the alarm clock rang.

    Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg.
    Caroline had been skiing when she broke her leg.
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    Re: past continuous/perfect continuous

    Only the first sentence in each group is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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