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    past progressive

    Please teach me why the past progressive is used in
    this sentence below.

    "I thought you were coming home at seven."


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    Re: past progressive

    The person failed to turn up at the time agreed.


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    Re: past progressive

    Thank you for your reply. Could you tell me a bit more?

    Why is "were coming home" right ?
    The progressive means something is continue,
    and "at seven" sounds like the end of time of doing something.

    For me, this sentence sounds like "I thought you got home
    (/or could get home) at seven."

    Can I use "came home" instead of the past progressive?


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    Re: past progressive

    Dear Ivygreen,
    The continuous form in English is used to talk about two things:

    1- An action that is taking place at the moment of speaking, e.g. I am writing (now)
    Or
    2- A future plan, e.g. I am travelling tomorrow. ( I got the ticket)

    In your sentence the continuous form is used to express a future plan. However, it is a future in the past. I mean, at the moment I was thinking that you were coming ( that is expecting you to come / waiting for you), your coming was a future action: It wasn't seven yet.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: past progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please teach me why the past progressive is used in
    this sentence below.

    "I thought you were coming home at seven."
    First of all, this sentence could be said before you came home or after you came home. ''were'' doesn't mean you already came home.
    You can also say, 'I thought you (were going to)(were planning to)(would) come home at seven.'; so you don't have to use progressive tense.

    You cannot use ''came home'' because, for one thing, the person may not yet have come home. Also, if he did come home at seven, the meaning is not the same as in your original sentence.


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    Re: past progressive

    I thank you : bendriss and 2006 deeply for your help.

    Now I understand it clearly. Thank you so much.

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