Toilet HelpReally? And what happened?

Translation: « Avant les courriels, les gens étaient en train d’écrire plus de lettres… »

Why wrong:  The Past Progressive is used for past interruptions, not for repeated actions in the past. We expect to hear about the interruption.  For more information, click here and here.Female Executive

Correct it:  If there was no interruption, but just a repeated past action, say used to.  “Before email, people used to write more letters.”

Do you like what you see?  Click here to follow Roy’s page on Twitter.

Tagged on:     

Roy Almaas

Anglaide was founded in 2001 by Roy Almaas, Professional Communication Coach.

See all posts by royalmaas

“Before email, people were writing more letters.”