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Subject: Past Continuous with Arrive
Question: I teach a community adult ESOL class on a University campus, and last night we were briefly discussing the Past Continuous. I put these two statements on the board:

I was washing the dishes as you arrived.
I was washing the dishes as you were arriving.

I believe that the first statement is correct. I also believe that the second statement is correct; my justification is that 'arriving' (or leaving) can be a long process. I had one student (also an EFL teacher) who vehemently disagreed. We're hoping that you can help us resolve this issue.

Appreciatively,
Adrienne

From: Adrienne
Date: 21-Nov-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Past Continuous with Arrive    Marilyn N Silva     (21-Nov-2013)
  2. Re: Past Continuous with Arrive    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (22-Nov-2013)
  3. Re: Past Continuous with Arrive    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (21-Nov-2013)
  4. Re: Past Continuous with Arrive    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (26-Nov-2013)

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