The conversation <was heating up><heated up><didn't heat up><wasn't heating up> until

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

Sentence #1:

Mary chimed in with her opinion, and the conversation calmed down.

Sentence #2:

Mary chimed in with her opinion, and the conversation became heated.

Sample sentences:

1. The conversation <was heating up><heated up> until Mary chimed in with her opinion.

2. The conversation <didn't heat up><wasn't heating up> until Mary chimed in with her opinion.

Question:

Is it correct that in sentence #1 the past continuous "was heating up" is correct and the simple past "heated up" is wrong, whereas in sentence #2 the simple past "didn't heat up" is correct and the past continuous "wasn't heating up" is wrong?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Is it correct that in sentence #1 the past continuous "was heating up" is correct and the simple past "heated up" is wrong,
    Yes, except that "heated up" would be grammatically correct but unidiomatic.

    whereas in sentence #2 the simple past "didn't heat up" is correct and the past continuous "wasn't heating up" is wrong?
    Yes, although you could say something like "didn't start heating up."
     
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