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    terminative and iterative verbs

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of the following two sentences?

    1. Presently, he stopped and leaned over a gate…

    2. He was always stopping and leaning over gates or in other ways, as Val called it, “mooning”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: terminative and iterative verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of the following two sentences?

    1. Presently, he stopped and leaned over a gate…

    2. He was always stopping and leaning over gates or in other ways, as Val called it, “mooning”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    The first is in the simple past tense and indicates one instance of an action in the past.
    The second is in the past progressive, and obviously refers to something that happened often.

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