Past Simple or Past Continuous

There are moments when we can use either  the past simple or past continuous. The following points will help you  decide which to use

  • Emphasis

There  is frequently no difference between the past simple or past continuous.  Because the past continuous is often used to demonstrate an action or  event is in progress when something else is happening we can chose to  use the past simple or past continuous to emphasise which event or  action we consider more significant

  • Completed/Incomplete Events

As  we know, the Past Continuous is used to describe actions in progress at  a moment in the past and the Past Simple is used to describe completed  actions. This should always be remembered when considering whether to  use the Simple or Continuous.

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