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昨日私は十二時過ぎまで

  1. 起きた
  2. 起きていた

I chose 1 in the above statement but it was wrong, 2 - 起きていた is the correct answer Why is b correct?

My Interpretation:
Yesterday I woke up just past 12 o clock.

Why is the ていた even considered in this kind of statement? I just woke up!

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昨日私は十二時過ぎ起きた would have meant "I woke up after 12 o'clock". に marks a time point when something happens.

However, the first half of the actual sentence is 十二時過ぎまで, or "until after 12 o'clock". まで in a non-negative sentence refers to the continuation of some action or state.

  • 5時まで働く
    to work until 5
  • この店は9時まで開いている。
    This shop is open until 9.

In your case, it's the "up/awake status" that has continued until after 12, and the continuation of the result of an instant action is expressed using the -teiru form.

昨日私は十二時過ぎまで起きていた。
I was awake until after 12.
(i.e., I woke up (probably in the morning) and that state continued until after 12)

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