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past & past progressive tense

When I was a child, a lot of stories. b.was reading
Which one is correct?


  • When I was a child, she read me a lot of stories is an ordinary sentence meaning 'she used to read'.

    When I was a child, she was reading me a lot of stories is a very strange sentence. It might mean 'she was reading all the time'. With always it becomes a complaint:
    When I was a child, she was always reading me a lot of stories. It was rather boring.

    The problem is that

    • When I was a child relates to a long period.
    • she was reading me a lot of stories usually refers to a temporary short period.
  • Thank you dear professor

  • edited June 2018
    How to use the word spelt?
  • Hello @galtomare917. If you visit our entry pages on our free site (, you will be able to find several example sentences which show the usage of a particular word.

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