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tenses 1

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:38 pm
by navi
1) She started singing when they put the furniture on the cart.
Could this sentence be used instead of:
c) She started singing when they were putting the furniture on/onto the cart.

2) She started singing when they loaded the furniture on the cart.
Could this sentence be used instead of:
d) She started singing when they were loading the furniture on/onto the cart.

The simple past is used instead of the past progressive in '1' and '2'. '1' and '2' are ambiguous in my opinion. They could be used if she started singing when the loading was done and also when the loading was in progress.

Gratefully,
Navi.