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Hi there: it's difficult for me to find an explanation of one common application of the past progressive in conversation, such as:
"I was recently reading about an invention which may turn garbage into soil"
"Paula was saying that Eddie was going to be promoted."
Could you explain the semantic content and grammatical function of past progressive in these two sentences here?
thank you very much.
It is often used to set the scene and try to raise interest; the first example has the idea of incompletion that the progressive form supplies in order to make the listener want to hear more about the invention.
In the second, it could indicate that she said this repeatedly or taht she was wrong.