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青年が皆の手で地面に取り押さえられ、縄でぐるぐる巻きにされているところだった。

Does ところ here take on the meaning of "in the midst of doing"?

So this sentence would mean: "The boy was held down by everyone, and was being rolled up by a rope."?

Thanks!

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    Please write answers in the answer box :-)
    – user1478
    Sep 26 '15 at 17:20
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A bunch of questions about ところ seems a very good overview.

青年が皆の手で地面に取り押さえられ、縄でぐるぐる巻きにされているところだった。

  • Does ところ here mean "in the midst of doing"? ------> Yes.

    "The young man was held down to the ground by everyone, and was being rolled up by a rope." ...

    -- as I (or another witness) arrived at the scene.

    -- just as I (or another witness) started watching the movie.

    -- when I (or another reader) opened up a random page in the book and started reading.

    Etc.

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