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Participles for time and reason

Hi all,

I have been getting stuck at the meaning in the clause of time can have an active participle in my Oxford Learner's pocket.

Mike hurt his hand playing volleyball.
(I understand that "While Mike was playing volleyball, he hurt his hand", is that true?)

The past continuous is the longer action (playing volleyball), and the past simple is the shorter, complete action (his hurting).

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