Is it better to use "El Pretérito Imperfecto" or the imperfect continuous here?

RickA2Kwiziq community member

Is it better to use "El Pretérito Imperfecto" or the imperfect continuous here?

1Vosotros ________ las bebidas mientras nosotros comíamos.You were buying the drinks while we ate.(HINT: Conjugate "comprar" in El Pretérito Imperfecto.)comprabaiscompraréishabéis compradocomprar

Would it not be better to translate this  as "Estabais comprando las bebidas mientras comíamos." ?
Asked 11 months ago
MarshaC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It's not necessarily better as both forms can be used.

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Rick

If you want to emphasise a bit more the "continuity" of the action you'd probably hear it more using the Imperfect continuous. Both are fine, though.

Inma

Is it better to use "El Pretérito Imperfecto" or the imperfect continuous here?

1Vosotros ________ las bebidas mientras nosotros comíamos.You were buying the drinks while we ate.(HINT: Conjugate "comprar" in El Pretérito Imperfecto.)comprabaiscompraréishabéis compradocomprar

Would it not be better to translate this  as "Estabais comprando las bebidas mientras comíamos." ?

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