Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Hello. What is the difference between the following two tense forms?

- Yesterday evening, we (played - were playing) a football match.

Thank you.

 

'Played' refers to a complete finished action in the past. 'Were playing' means we were in the process of playing the match. We don't know whether the match was completed or not.

ahmed_btm posted:
Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

What is the difference between the following two tense forms?

- Yesterday evening, we (played - were playing) a football match.

'Played' refers to a complete finished action in the past. 'Were playing' means we were in the process of playing the match. We don't know whether the match was completed or not.

Hello, Ahmed Imam Attia,

I agree with Ahmed_btm's comments about the difference in meaning between the simple past and the past progressive there. Although the past progressive is not incorrect in that sentence, the simple past is much better.

We would use the past progressive if the sentence made reference to something that happened yesterday evening while you were playing a football match -- for example: 

  • Yesterday evening, we were playing a football match when you called. That's why I wasn't able to answer the phone.

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