were bent over their needles
The workers, sewing pelts together, were bent over their needles as the boss marched up and down the rows.
Why' were bent over their needles' not 'were bending over their needles' in this sentence?
If you say "were bending over their needles" it sounds like as the boss passes by they start to bend. If you say "were bent" there is no nuance of action. It is purely descriptive. The workers are in the state of working.
July 1, 2019
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