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    #1

    She was walking by me./ She walked by me.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the marked difference between the meanings of the following two sentences which are with similar ingredients?

    She was walking by me.

    She walked by me.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.


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    #2

    Re: She was walking by me./ She walked by me.

    She was walking by me.

    This refers to the process of her walking past; it refers to the moment when the action occured; it doesn't specify whether she actually walked past. It is likely to be followed by an explanation of what happened during her walking past - what interupted that moment.

    She was walking by me, when a car came speeding round the corner and almost knocked her down.

    She walked by me.

    This indicates a complete action.

    She walked past.

    I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by colloquium; 11-Sep-2008 at 14:55.

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    #3

    Re: She was walking by me./ She walked by me.

    Hello,
    Note I'm not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    She was walking by me.

    She walked by me.
    1. We went for a walk. She was walking by(beside) me.
    2. I've problem how to explain that ... but consider :
    I walked by a post office and turned right.

    Hope it hepls.
    Cheers,

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