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She was taking a bath while her husband was reading


She took a bath while her husband was reading?

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  • It's fairly dependent on the wider context but in most cases it would be the latter sentence. – KillingTime Mar 15 at 6:12
  • It's nothing to do with while, it only depends on if the past or the progressive is meant in the first instance, independent of the rest of the sentence. HTH. – Kris Mar 15 at 10:13
  • Welcome to ELU. Please see also: English Language Learners Good Luck. – Kris Mar 15 at 10:14
  • Either is perfectly acceptable. – Jason Bassford Mar 15 at 15:01

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