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Hi,
do the tenses fit in the following sentence, please?

For the last half an hour, he was talking about his hobbies while I was desperately trying to find somebody else.

Could we replace the continous tenses with the simple tense?
Thank you in advance!
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kane159Could we replace the continous tenses with the simple tense?
Yes, that would be OK.
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kane159do the tenses fit in the following sentence, please?
For the last half an hour, he was talking about his hobbies while I was desperately trying to find somebody else.
They do fit, yes.
kane159Could we replace the continous tenses with the simple tense?
Yes. No problem.

I think you mean "somebody else to talk to", right? Native speakers would add that part.

CJ
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Thank you for your replies.
However, what if I change the sentence like this?

For the last half an hour, he was telling/told me his whole life story while I was desperately trying to find somebody else.

Which tense should I use? What if he told me his whole story within that half an hour? Then I should use the simple tense, right? I'm puzzled by this topic. Please guide me.
Thank you in advance!
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kane159However, what if I change the sentence like this?
For the last half an hour, he was telling/told me his whole life story while I was desperately trying to find somebody else.
Either way is fine.
kane159What if he told me his whole story within that half an hour? Then I should use the simple tense, right?
That sounds like a reasonable thing to do. Yes.

CJ