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    Question past continuous

    Hello!

    Can we use the past continous with "when"?

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    Re: past continuous

    Hi -

    See if this site helps you: ENGLISH PAGE - Past Continuous

    The simple answer is "yes" but "while" may be more appropriate, depending on your need.

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    Re: past continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi -

    See if this site helps you: ENGLISH PAGE - Past Continuous

    The simple answer is "yes" but "while" may be more appropriate, depending on your need.
    Thanks Barb.D.

    Here is the sentence:

    "The idea came to me WHEN I walked/was walking back from a neighbour's farm."

    I would rather use "was walking" but the use of this tense with "when" , looks strange to me. Would it be better to say "when I walked back" but then the meaning isn't exactly the same.

    Is it necessary to change When into while.

    THanks

    W

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    Re: past continuous

    I would use "while" there. The two things happened at the same time. The idea did not interrupt you walk and cause you do something else instead.

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