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' Was Carol at the party last night?' ' Yes, she ___ ( wear) a really nice dress.'

The answer is ' was wearing'. But I feel confused because continuous tense denotes that someone is in the middle of doing something. So how did she dare to wear a dress in a party? I mean if you use the continuous tense, you just say that she was doing the wearing, or showing the process of putting on the dress. So my answer is 'she wore '. How do you feel about the problem?
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Hi,
"was wearing" doesn't show the act of wearing the dress. It shows that she had the dress on during the party. That's a period during which she was wearing it.

I hope it helps,

Iman
rpshif you use the continuous tense, you just say that she was doing the wearing
Yes. But the wearing of the dress is the fact that she had it on, not that she put it on.

The continuous tense indicates action through a period of time. The period of time in this case is the period during which the party was in progress. She was wearing the dress (had the dress on) during the time from the start of the party to the end of the party.

CJ
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So, if I say that she wears a really nice dress, does it imply that I emphasize on the result, while 'be wearing' indicates that I emphasize on the activity?
So how do you describe the fact that the person puts it on without the usage of 'be wearing'?
rpshSo, if I say that she wears a really nice dress, does it imply that I emphasize on the result, while 'be wearing' indicates that I emphasize on the activity?
No, "she wears" is general, means she usually wear that whereas "she is wearing or was wearing" refers to a specific period.

Cheers,

Iman
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rpshSo, if I say that she wears a really nice dress, does it imply that I emphasize on the result, while 'be wearing' indicates that I emphasize on the activity?
Yes. More or less. But it gets tricky. If you want a complete coherent sentence in isolation, you need something like

She wears really nice dresses.

That helps to signal that it's a regular occurrence for her to wear a nice dress, presumably a different nice dress on each occasion. "a nice dress" doesn't do that, so it sounds strange to say

She wears a really nice dress.

But you can fix it by adding something: She wears a really nice dress when she goes to a wedding. Now you're signalling something that can have multiple occurrences.

The one with the singular a dress works better with the continuous as an isolated sentence:

She's wearing a really nice dress.

Now it makes sense that she is (continuously) wearing the same nice dress for a period of time, at least during the time we're looking at her anyway.

CJ
Got it, thank you!
So detailed and vivid!! Thank you so much!
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