I have a question about the verb tense.

should I said: "I was hiking in the mountain last Wednesday", or "I hiked in the mountain last Wednesday"?

or should I said "I was doing chores this morning" or "I did chores this morning"?

I thought "ing" is for the present tense, so it didn't make sense to me. Can you explain!!

thanks
The progressive tense, in its simple form, describes an action in progress.

In the present progressive, the action is taking place now; in the past progressive, the action is taking place at either an understood, or a specified time. Whether you chose the simple past or the past progressive depends really on what you wish to address.

So what were you doing last Wednesday when you spotted the UFO?

I was hiking in the mountain last Wednesday (when I spotted those strange lights on the horizon).

Did you do anything interesting last week?

I hiked in the mountain last Wednesday.

I called you this morning, why didn't pick up the phone?

I was doing chores this morning.

How did your morning go?

I did chores this morning.

Did you do the chores yet?

I did the chores this morning.

In the simple past, each of the actions is completed, done, and in the past;

in the past progressive, each of those actions was intersected by another event:

Hiking...... saw the UFO ... Hiking

doing chores ..... phone call .... doing chores
Hi,

A small point.

I was hiking in the mountain.

No. Say -

I was hiking on a/the mountain.

I was hiking in the mountains.

Clivey
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Chien-Chiao WangI thought "ing" is for the present tense
No! -ing is for any tense. It makes the aspect of the tense "continuous". For every tense without -ing there is a corresponding tense with -ing.

He walks. - He is walking.

He walked. - He was walking.

He will walk. - He will be walking.

He has walked. - He has been walking.

He had walked. - He had been walking.

He will have walked. - He will have been walking.

CJ