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    I didn't have much to do this morning, so I made a cake.

    Source : Grammar Zone by Neungryul Education, P44

    2.Andy started running a bookstore three years ago
    Q: Is he still running the bookstore? A: Yes/Don't know

    4. I didn't have much to do this morning, so I made a cake.
    Q: Am I still making a cake? A : No/ Don't know

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    As for 4, compared to 2, despite its past tense, the answer is "No".
    These questions are based on the concept that past actions may or may not affect the present state.
    But for 4, can we take it with common sense as an exception? - the one that normally if we finished cooking, we are normally not doing it at the moment.
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    Re: I didn't have much to do this morning, so I made a cake.

    I don't know what you mean by "despite its past tense". The use of the past simple there is exactly what makes it clear that you have finished making the cake. If you were still making the cake, you would have to say either:

    - I am making a cake.
    - I have been making a cake (since 10am/since early this morning).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I didn't have much to do this morning, so I made a cake.

    If anything, sentence 2 is the exception, not 4.

    The past simple is typically used to say that an action is finished.

    What makes sentence 2 different is that the verb is started, not running. We know from the past tense only that the 'starting' has finished. We don't know about the 'running'.

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