made or is making

by Roberta
(Athens Greece)

While I was studying, my mom made (make)a cake.

While I was studying, my mom was making (make) a cake.

Which is the correct answer and could you explain why?

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May 24, 2011
by: Ola Zur


You would usually say it like this:

"While I was studying, my mom was making a cake."

This is because you want to express that two actions were in progress in a certain time in the past. We use the past progressive to express that meaning.

Ola Zur is the editor of, an illustrated guide to English.

May 24, 2011
made or was making
by: roberto

Both are correct (I think).

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