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PostSubject: Re: Verbs (Verbs)   Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:59 am

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PostSubject: Re: Verbs (Verbs)   Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:40 am

Yesterday, I was watching the BBC. :error:


the correct is...


Yesterday, I watched the BBC :v:


Why is it wrong?



Answer:


If the sentence provides a especific time, the past continous is ok.e.g.
Yesterday at this time, I was watching the BBC.
The past continuous is also ok if there are two or more actions in the sentence happening at the same time.
Yesterday I was watching the BBC while you were reading.


For me, it sounds like the sentence is not complete. Think of it in Spanish "ayer estaba viendo la BBC", and? what happened?
Did someone knock on your door? Did your phone ring? Did someone arrive?
So it's also correct when a past simple action interrupts the past continuous action because the past simple action provides a specific moment in the past
Yesterday I was watching the BBC when my phone rang.

so,Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted.

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