was typing / had been typing

Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 11:48 am
wrt stands for 'with respect to".

As to which is correct, both are. The more likely choice, to my mind is, the past perfect form. The context and the social register would be determining factors.
Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 12:29 pm
Many thanks, JTT.
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Reply Sat 27 Sep, 2008 12:26 pm
The context: A person [the "I" in the sentence ] wanted to read another's posters comments/analysis of the debate and referenced a certain posting number.

This thought, "looking forward to ...", was formed [by 'I'] before the posting was made.

I'd been looking forward to your analysis of the debate. Sad that you weren't on form.

"I" could also have written it using the past continuous/progressive;

I was looking forward to your analysis of the debate.

To my mind the use of the past perfect progressive/continuous shows a greater degree of importance, or a greater degree of formality, or, possibly, in this case, the use of this form as a form of feigned importance, a sarcastic response.

Reply Sat 27 Sep, 2008 12:35 pm
and your first mistake was ...
JTT wrote:
To my mind

Reply Sat 27 Sep, 2008 01:03 pm
I would be interested to hear your take on the language issue, ehBeth.
Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2008 10:12 am
I figured as much, ehSeth.
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