Question about past continuous I was studying grammar this evening, I was reviewing the past continuous, and I found this sentence: I was having a dinner. I would have said "I was dining".. Are both correct? Thanks
Nov 24, 2016 9:13 PM
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Both are technically fine, but "I was dining" sounds a bit awkward. "Dining" is a slightly more formal word to use. Example: "We spent the evening dining on lobster and clams." It usaully needs to be followed with detail. I often do not hear the article "a" used before dinner. It would be more common to say "I was having dinner." This is usually followed with more detail, such as, "I was having dinner with friends when you called."
November 24, 2016
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