The whole time i was sitting there i was listening

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I am wodnering about this sentence:

The whole time I was sitting there I was listening to the people around me.

Would it work as: “the whole time I sat there, I listened to the people around me?”
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes it would — because “the whole time” expresses the duration/continuity so it’s not essential for the verb tense do the same.

    In fact, any of the four possible combinations of those two tenses would work in that particular instance.
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