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    It was raining versus It rained

    We can use one and the same comment for the use of two tenses (the past Simple and the past continuous):
    This tense is used to talk about an action that lasted for a period of time in the past.
    Examples:
    1) It rained for several days and nights.
    2) It was raining all night.


    How can I explain the difference in use between these two tenses to my students?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: It was raining versus It rained

    Thanks, RobertJ. It's a great explanation with 'immediate past'.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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