as soon as I sat (was sitting) on the couch

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wanabee, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. wanabee Senior Member

    Dear all,

    A commercial came on as soon as I (sat / was sitting) on the couch to watch TV.

    I made up the sentence. Is there any difference if I used "was sitting" instead of "sat"?
    I would appreciate any comments.
  2. boozer Senior Member

    Both are possible, but I prefer 'I sat' because it expresses a completed action and is a lot clearer - first you sit and then the commercial starts. As soon as I was sitting has a different time frame - to sit is usually a one-off action that takes place instantaneously. It makes sense to stretch its duration in order to show that the commercial came while you were sitting on the couch, not after.
  3. wanabee Senior Member

    Thank you very much, boozer!

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