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The simple past tense (e.g. I ate) is used in English to describe an event that happened in the past an action that has already been completed by the speaker.
Some example of cotinuous past tense are :The sun was shining every day that summer. As I spoke, the children were laughing at my cleverness. The audience was applauding until he fell off the stage. I was making dinner when she arrived. At 6 o'clock, I was eating dinner. She was talking constantly in class in those days
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