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There was little reason for my coachman to be whipping his horses so fast but I like to make my journeys at speed.

There was little reason for my coachman to whip his horses so fast but I like to make my journeys at speed.

Hi, What is the difference between the cases in these two sentences? thanks.
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K.O.

There was little reason for my coachman to be whippingat the time I was there his horses so fast but I like to make my journeys at speed.

There was little reason for my coachman to whip in general, normallyhis horses so fast but I like to make my journeys at speed.

Hi, What is the difference between the cases in these two sentences? thanks.
Sorry, this is just a feeling I get (as a native speaker)...I couldn't give you rules that govern the situtation. I look forward to some other suggestions.
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The continuous here make no odds becuase whip can be single action or a sequence. It all depends upon the verb eg:

There was little reason to shoot. (= 1 shot)

There was little reason to be shooting. (= more than one shot)