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Sebastian (arrive) ... at Susan's house a little before 9:00 PM, but she (be, not) ... there. She (study, at the library) ... for her final examination in French.

Could you explain, please, what and why verb tenses should be used in the above sentences? If it possible tell me please what 'use' from the following site determines verb tense:

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The first one is simple past, use one:

Sebastian arrived at Susan's house a little before 9:00 PM...

The second one is past continuous, use two:

...but she was not there (at that time).

The third one is past continuous, use one:

She was studying at the library for her final examination in French (at that time).

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  • 1. We use 'Present Simple' because this is a completed action? 2. We use 'Past Continuous' because there is interrupted action by arriving 3. We use 'Past Continuous' because there is interrupted action by arriving ?
    – hickson79
    Feb 14, 2017 at 14:29

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