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Old August 29, 2011, 03:29 PM
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Another specific case of Preterite vs Indefinite

Hi,

In my exercise book there is a model answer which includes two seperate sentences I'd like to highlight:

"Mientras viajaba, hacía fotos."

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"En su viaje aprendió much sobre la cultura de la gente"


In my own answer, I´d written: Mientras viajaba, aprendía mucho sobre la cultura de la gente"

Could anyone illustrate the distinction between the two variants, and tell me if my answer is incorrent?

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Old August 29, 2011, 03:33 PM
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Your answer would be correct, depending on what you want to say:

"Mientras viajaba aprendió mucho sobre la cultura de la gente" means that during his/her trip (one-time event), that person learnt about people's culture.

"Mientras viajaba aprendía mucho sobre la cultura de la gente", means that he/she would learn from people's culture every time he/she travelled (a habit).
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Old August 30, 2011, 07:19 PM
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Understood.

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