Hello, can you please help me to choose the correct tense:

"He felt terrible because he STUDIED / WAS STUDYING from 5 PM to 11 PM and he overslept and missed the bus from school."

Are both OK just "was studying"?

Thank you

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Sona Trombauerova posted:

"He felt terrible because he STUDIED / WAS STUDYING from 5 PM to 11 PM and he overslept and missed the bus from school."

Are both OK just "was studying"?

Hi, Sona—"Studied" is a better choice than "was studying." The progressive there makes it sound as if the oversleeping, etc., spoken of later on in the sentence, occurred while he was studying.

You are probably asking about a test question. Nevertheless, I recommend using the past perfect, to locate the studying further back in the past from the oversleeping. I'd also add "as a result." "From" needs to be changed to "for."

  • He felt terrible because he had studied from 5 PM to 11 PM and, as a result, overslept and missed the bus for school.
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