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As my domestic helper _________ the room, she mopped the floor 1.tidy 2. had tided 3. has tided 4. was tidying . What is the correct answer and also please provide an explanation? 

 

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Answer

Was tidying

Because she was doing that action in the past. It indicates that the mopping happened while the act of tidying is still happening. 

If you used ‘had tidied’, the meaning would be she mopped but after the room was already tidied. 

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was tidying

Past continuous indicates a larger or ongoing event within which the shorter event took place / completed.

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