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Is there any difference in the intended meaning of the below two sentences:



1) She was sleeping, when the phone rang.

2) She had slept, when the phone rang.



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New post 09 Apr 2017, 02:27
sairakeshvarma wrote:
Is there any difference in the intended meaning of the below two sentences:



1) She was sleeping, when the phone rang.

2) She had slept, when the phone rang.

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You need to read the rule for posting in right section.

1) She was sleeping, when the phone rang.
There are 2 activities here. The first one occurred before the second one, and the first one continued to happend when the second one occurred. We can't know wheather the first activity had happened recently or for a long time before the second one.

This meaning focuses on describing two activities generally.

2) She had slept, when the phone rang.
There are 2 activities here. The first one just happended a short time before the second one. It's clear that "had slept" doesnot means "completed sleeping" but "just slept, still slept".

This meaning focuses on the time that these activities happended.
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