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    Simple Past / Past Continious

    I usually haven't any problems with the english terms. But I just came across of the following sentence and I wonder why there is used Past Continious in the first part instead of Simple Past.

    She was so annoying! She was always leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. I think she actually expected me to do them for her.

    Could you please explain it to me?

    Thanks a lot in advance,
    Dany


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    Re: Simple Past / Past Continious

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany View Post
    I usually haven't any problems with the english terms. But I just came across of the following sentence and I wonder why there is used Past Continious in the first part instead of Simple Past.

    She was so annoying! She was always leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. I think she actually expected me to do them for her.

    Could you please explain it to me?

    Thanks a lot in advance,
    Dany
    Hey Dany, how goes it?

    The past continuous is more graphic, more emphatic, more emotive. It also gives a better feeling of the repeatability of this annoying habit.


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    Re: Simple Past / Past Continious

    Just as riverkid says, "be+always+ing" (past or present) is used to describe actions that annoy us. "keep + ing" (past or present) works the same way.

    Fiona is always correcting my grammar (my husband hates this!)
    Fiona keeps interrupting me

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    Re: Simple Past / Past Continious

    Thank you to both of you. Now I see much clearer

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