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I'm still pretty confused about past continuous.

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I think the way to say "While I was reading, she called me" is "när läste jag, hon ringde mig", though I'm not sure if that's completely right.

What if I want to say "I have been reading Karlsson på taket"?

"Jag har läst Karlsson på taket"?
"Jag läste Karlsson på taket"?
Both of those seem as if I have already read the book.

"Jag har suttit och läst Karlsson på taket"? ehhhh

3 years ago

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You can say
Jag läste när hon ringde mig.
Medan jag läste, ringde hon mig.

For this case, when there is something going on in the background (the reading) when something else happens (the phone call), it is normal to use for example
Jag satt och läste när hon ringde mig.
Medan jag satt och läste, ringde hon mig.

For your second example "I have been reading "Karlsson på taket", I would say
Jag har suttit och läst "Karlsson på taket".

Note that, if the sentence starts with the sub-clause, then the order of words in the main clause is changed:
Medan jag läste, ringde hon mig.

If the sentence starts with the main clause, then you have "normal word order":
Hon ringde mig, medan jag läste.

3 years ago

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you are amazing, thank you so much.

3 years ago