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① いつの間にかパーティーは終わっていた
② いつの間にかパーティーは終わった

How do you interpret the two sentences above?

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This ~ている expresses "the continuation of state" as described in detail in When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the continuation of state?

  • パーティーは終わっていた。 = The party had ended.
  • パーティーは終わった。 = The party ended.

The former form is used when, for example, you visited somewhere but found there was already no one left. The latter is used when you just heard a closing address from the host.

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