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She sat VS She was sitting

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Dec 5, 2017 at 22:17.

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    #1 hirashin, Dec 5, 2017 at 22:17
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017 at 22:33
    Dear native English speakers,

    would both be used in each case? If so, what's the difference in meaning?

    (1a) She was sitting in the chair with her legs crossed.
    (1b) She sat in the chair with her legs crossed.

    (2a) Shocked at the news, Mary was just standing there.
    (2b) Shocked at the news, Mary just stood there.


    Thanks in advance.

    Hirashin
     

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