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    to Tdol:why use was membering?

    Hello Tdol,
    Last time I asked you why the Macmillan sentence with remember is in the progressive tense:

    I was remembering the words of my old friend. (taken from: word2)

    But this sentence has no context. Then I searched the web on reference.com, I found there are many sentences with " was remembering", of which the following is one:

    As I started to read an article O.C. Register web site, I was remembering back a couple of decades to the late 70s and early 80s. Hearing the name Lynyrd Skynyrd brought back memories of the high school band my brother was playing in around that time.

    Can we say "..., I remembered back..."? Does "was remembering" in this sentence mean "gradually remembered"?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: to Tdol:why use was membering?

    The phrase "was remembering" is used to indicate that the remembering happened at the same time as something else. It does not indicate gradual recall.

    ~R

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