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@Ahmed.A.A posted:

" For a long time yesterday, he ......... in his office."

a- worked     b- was working 

Hello, Ahmed and Ahmed—I agree with Ahmed_btm that both answers are grammatically correct. The sentences essentially express the same thing, but from a slightly different viewpoint. Each has a slightly different "flavor."

It would be natural to use "For a long time yesterday, he worked in his office" if the speaker wanted to emphasize the location of his work during that time period.

  • Lately, he has been out meeting with clients a lot. But for a long time yesterday, he worked in his office.

It would be natural to use "For a long time yesterday, he was working in his office" if the speaker were surprised or "taken" by his activity during that time period.

  • He hasn't been feeling well lately. Sometimes he stays in bed all day. But for a long time yesterday, he was working in his office.
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