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  1. Unregistered
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    Hi there,

    I saw this example in a dictionary, and have some questions.

    I was starting to get a bit flabby around my waist.

    Question 1:
    I don't understand why the writer uses past continous tense.
    Question 2:
    Are there any differences if I use 'present', 'present continous' and simple past tense?

    Thanks
    pete

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    Re: start

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,

    I saw this example in a dictionary, and have some questions.

    I was starting to get a bit flabby around my waist.

    Question 1:
    I don't understand why the writer uses past continous tense.
    Question 2:
    Are there any differences if I use 'present', 'present continous' and simple past tense?

    Thanks
    pete
    That will be ok! It depends on the situation you are in.

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    #3

    Re: start

    Hi there,

    So in what situations should I use 'present', 'present continous', 'past continuous' and 'past'?

    Thanks
    pete

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