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    Gunner1999 is offline Junior Member
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    We gave up a goal, although we were playing well or...

    Hi. I want to ask you a question about the past tenses. I know that there are 4 narrative tenses and I can often see the difference between them. However I've been thinking of an example, which might be relative in my opinion. Here it is.

    ,,We gave up a goal, although we were playing better than the opposite team." Here I think that the team lost a goal at the same time of playing well.
    ,,We gave up a goal, although we had been playing well." In my opinion it looks like the action of playing well might've occurred before losing a goal. It was rather temporary.
    Should I use other tenses?
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    Re: We gave up a goal, although we were playing well or...

    Should you? I don't know, but you could use any of the past tenses. Your examples are two of them:

    1. We gave up a goal, although we were playing (past progressive) better than the opposite team.
    2. We gave up a goal, although we had been playing (past perfect progressive) well.

    a. You could keep it in the simple past: We gave up a goal, although we played well.
    b. You could use the past perfect: We gave up a goal, although we had played well.

    The meaning is slightly different in each case, which is why English has these different verb forms.

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    Re: We gave up a goal, although we were playing well or...

    I wouldn't start the sentence like that.

    'We gave away/conceded a goal ...'

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    Re: We gave up a goal, although we were playing well or...

    All right. But which tense would you use?

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    Re: We gave up a goal, although we were playing well or...

    Both sentences are correct but as mentioned they have slightly different meaning

    We gave up a goal, although we were playing better than the opposite team.

    This means the goal was conceded in the past at a time when you were outplaying the opposition.

    We gave up a goal, although we had been playing better than the opposite team.

    In this sentence, the team was outplaying the opposition throughout the game but the opposition scored a goal just the same.

    The difference is subtle.

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