She'd been waiting for hours vs She was waiting for hours

Hi everyone,

“When I arrived, she’d been waiting for hours”. Could I also say “When I arrived, she was waiting for hours”? If the answer is yes, would the meaning be the same?

Thanks.

No, in that sentence you really need the past perfect.

Alright, Dozy. Thanks.

“When I arrived, she’d been waiting for hours”. In that case you need the past perfect for that “for hours”?

In other words, could I say “When I arrived, she’d been waiting” and “When I arrived, she was waiting” interchangeably?

Thanks in advance. Cheerio

When I arrived, she had been waiting - emphasises the wait that she had before you arrived.
When I arrived, she was waiting - emphasises that she was waiting when you arrived.

They aren’t really interchangeable in meaning but they can often both be used in the same context.

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