Elena
past simple or past continuous?

Which variant is correct?

While we were waiting for renovations in our house to finish, we were staying in a rented flat.

While we were waiting for renovations in our house to finish, we stayed in a rented flat.

Oct 1, 2016 3:44 AM
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We stayed in a rented flat while we waited for renovations . .

While we waited for renovations . . we stayed in a rented flat

While we were waiting for renovations . . we stayed in a rented flat

The first of your two options  'While we were waiting for renovations . . we were staying in a rented flat'  only sounds right if you then describe [in the simple past] an event which happened at this time :   While we were waiting for renovations in our house to finish, we were staying in a rented flat, and I found my destiny in life'.        The past continuous sets the scene for an event in the past, recounted in the simple past tense.

October 1, 2016
Thank you, Susan
October 1, 2016
The second one certainly sounds more natural to me, although I am not sure if the first one is truly wrong.
October 1, 2016
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