Hello! I am a university student of Applied Linguistics.
My questions concerns the difference in usage of Past Progressive and Past Perfect Progressive.
''But if she was playing/had been playing in a hockey match today, wouldn't she have told you yesterday?''
I was told that the difference here is that one of the options makes the question rhetorical (the second one, it seems). I need to find a proper explanation for why it is so. Thank you in advance!
I wouldn't use the term 'rhetorical', but past perfect there makes it clear that she did not play. With past, she may or may not have done so.
Thank you very much!