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    began begining

    At six o'clock we were beginning to have supper.

    Why does it use "were beginning" instead of "began" here?
    I can't get the subtle difference between "beginning" and begin.
    Is that the moment of "beginning" shorter than "begin"?

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    Re: began begining

    If anything, it's longer; it's not just the first mouthful of food, but the wider context- putting things on the table, serving, talking, etc, and, presumably, something occurred at this stage of the evening, so the supper is the background to the narrative.

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