# He (smoke) for two hours nonstop.

#### Vronsky

##### Senior Member
Hi,
Imagine a situation. An unconscious man is lying on a therapy bed in the hospital.
Person A: "What happened? Why is he unconscious?"
Person B: "He (smoke) for two hours nonstop."
1. smoked
2. was smoking
3. has been smoking
Could you tell me which one is correct?
Thanks.

• #### DonnyB

##### Sixties Mod
They're all grammatically correct: option (1) I would say sounds the least likely.

Both (2) and (3) would work, and possibly even (4) - but it depends at what point he stopped smoking and on what happened then. That sentence is a little bit odd just as it stands.

##### Senior Member
For multiple-choice questions, we like your opinion first. Would you share the source, please?

#### Vronsky

##### Senior Member
Thanks.
That sentence is a little bit odd just as it stands.
I thought it up by myself What's wrong with it?

For multiple-choice questions, we like your opinion first. Would you share the source, please?
I'm sure that (1) is correct. I'm not sure about the rest.

##### Senior Member
Grammatically, I would say that 1, 2 and 4 are fine. I wouldn't use 3 because you have "has been smoking" and he's now unconscious and unsmoking – with "has been smoking," I would expect him to still be smoking.

But looking at the wording of the question, I would say only 2.

#### Vronsky

##### Senior Member
But looking at the wording of the question, I would say only 2.
I least expected it to be the correct answer because of "the past continuous + for"

#### DonnyB

##### Sixties Mod
I thought it up by myself What's wrong with it?
The problem is that chain-smoking for two hours nonstop doesn't normally render a person unconscious.

So for him to be lying unconscious on a hospital bed, the logical assumption is that something else must have happened to him in the meantime. And depending on what that was and when it occurred, it will affect which tense you need to use.

#### Vronsky

##### Senior Member
The problem is that chain-smoking for two hours nonstop doesn't normally render a person unconscious.
If I smoked for two hours uninterruptedly, I would be almost dead.

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