Deidre Reyes
て+います form I've been studying the て form along with the helping verb いる for a while but am lacking a real understanding. What is the difference in meaning when someone says "私はねました" and "私はねていました"?

Mar 18, 2017 10:36 PM
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Hi, good question. 

ねました is the past tense of ねます, and in many cases, we translate it "to go to bed", an action in a moment. So 私はねました means "I went to bed". 

on the other hand, ねていました is the past tense of ねています which means "to be sleeping" or explains the situation of being sleeping (with duration)". 

So 私はねていました means "(when something happened or in that moment,) I was sleeping". 

I hope you understand it but it's not, please let us(me) know. 

March 19, 2017