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simple past continuous combined with "for"

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simple past continuous combined with "for"

Post by davidtrinh » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:48 am

I am going to make up two sentences below.

(1) Three weeks ago, I was working on a business project for five days.

(2) John was scoring a lot of goals for many years.

Some of my colleagues are native English speakers who have no English teaching experience. They think that there is a general grammar rule that requires you to use the simple past continuous tense if the word "for" is used in the sentence.

I have not been able to find such a rule in any online grammar sources. So, I am not sure if they are correct about the general rule. Are my sentences above grammatically correct? Please give me your feedback. Thank you very much for your help.

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Re: simple past continuous combined with "for"

Post by Alan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:50 am

No, there is no such rule.
In fact, simple past tenses are much more common in practice.