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G. When I saw him he was standing at the door. (the process) When I saw him he stood at the door. (the fact) 62 Both examples may refer to the same situation. The difference is that the simple past lays the stress on the fact, while the past continuous emphasizes the process, thus presenting the action more vividly. g. While I ate and drank, I looked up the register. She looked all the while at him as she spoke in her slow, deep voice. But, the past continuous is rather frequent in adverbial clauses, introduced by the conjunctions while, as, when, as long as, etc.
We went to the bus stop. The full moon shone down on the lightless blind-faced street. His hair was newly cut, he wore a stiff white collar, a bowler hat, a thin gold watch-chain and other marks of respectability, and he carried a new umbrella. He talked with acute intensity. Her face was heavy, she spoke with deep emotion. He walked between us, listening attentively to our conversation. On the table lay three rows of cards face upwards. Outside the ground froze hard and the trees stood out white against the leaden sky.
Why did you buy yellow? I hate yellow. g. Thirty thousand pounds’ worth of jewellery has been stolen from Jonathan Wild and Company, the jewellers. The thieves broke into the flat above some time during Sunday night and entered the shop by cutting a hole in the ceiling. The time of the action is very often given in the second sentence. g. Two prisoners have escaped from Dartmoor. They used a ladder which had been left behind by some workmen, climbed a twenty-foot wall and got away in a stolen car.