Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is it okay to use Past Simple with Past Progressive for two consecutive actions?

For example,

"She added some water to the flour and was mixing it until she got a lump of dough"

or should it be

"She added some water to the flour and mixed it until she got a lump of dough" ?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

As complete sentences, the second looks better to me.

She added some water to the flour and mixed it until she got a lump of dough.

But these are also acceptable, though with slightly different meanings:

She added some water to the flour and was mixing it when he came into to the kitchen

or

She had added some water to the flour and was mixing it until she got a lump of dough.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.