I got this question from a JPLT quiz app:-


I'm guessing it means "As I was watching the drama, it became morning", but noticed both clauses go through the "continuing action" conjugation multiple times. Wouldn't a simpler way of saying that be:-


What other nuances are being implied here?

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The ~ていたら indicates that something happened while you're doing the action, meaning "while I was doing~~", and ~てしまいました indicates an unintended result or the speaker's regret.


  • テレビを見ていたら、電話が鳴った。
    While I was watching TV, the phone rang.
  • ガラスを割ってしまいました。/ ガラスが割れてしまいました
    I (unintentionally) broke the glass. / The glass broke (and I feel sorry about it).


This sentence has lost both of the meanings/nuances of "while I was doing~~" and "unintended result or regret". And ドラマを見つづけたら part sounds a little unnatural to me, because it sounds like "When/As I continued watching dramas, morning came", "I continued watching dramas, and because of that / as a result of that, morning came."


  • 触ったら、壊れました。
    I touched it, and (because of that,) it broke.
  • Cf: 触っていたら、壊れました。
    While I was touching it, it broke.

Same difference as "While I continued to watch the drama..." and "While I was continuing to watch the drama..." I suppose.

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