I was playing in the beginning..

jexrry_nam

Senior Member
Cantonese
Hello there :),,

I've just come across a sentence that confuses me.

It's from the song "Lose yourself".

(I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed.)

In fact, I know what it mean, but I can't understand why past continuous would be used in this case.

Could anyone help me?

Thanks
 
  • jexrry_nam

    Senior Member
    Cantonese
    Hi Pob14,,

    I find it somewhat weird to use past continuous there. From my knowledge of it, an interruption is required when we use past continuous.

    Like ; I was playing GTA 5 when my girlfriend called.

    In that case, I would personally rewrite like this.

    <Initially, I played in the beginning, now the mood all changed.>
     

    pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think there is an interruption in the song, though; as I said, when "the mood all changed." I don't remember the lyrics (if I'm even thinking of the right song) - is there any indication that the mood change is happening now, as opposed to in the past?
     

    jexrry_nam

    Senior Member
    Cantonese
    Thanks Pob14,,

    I suppose that there is no indication that the mood change is happening now.

    Here is another example that got me confused as well,

    I learned my lesson then cause I wasn't tryna impress my friends no more
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Rap lyrics such as these from two different Eminem songs are usually in African American Vernacular English even though Eminem is not African American. In addition to the usual things we say about not trying to learn English from songs, you can't learn "standard English" from rap songs.
     
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