# We lived there for ten years.

• 02-Jul-2010, 03:33
Kazuo
We lived there for ten years.
Hello!

A. We lived there for ten years. (B. but we don’t live there now)
(A, B inserted by the starter)

The above sentence is from a grammar book. Does it mean as below?
If B, then A. Not if A, then B.

• 02-Jul-2010, 04:16
PlacidRan
Re: We lived there for ten years.
You're correct.

If A, then B would look something like this: We lived there for ten years, but we don't live there now.

If B, then A: We don't live there now, but we lived there for ten years.
• 02-Jul-2010, 06:01
Kazuo
Re: We lived there for ten years.
Hello, placidran!

I’m sorry, but I will rewrite my question as follows.

Can I draw from the sentence A the conclusion that “we don’t live there now”?
Or does the sentence A imply “we don’t live there now”?

• 02-Jul-2010, 06:24
PlacidRan
Re: We lived there for ten years.
Yes, because "lived" denotes past tense. We lived there for ten years (We don't live there anymore, but we lived there for ten years).
• 02-Jul-2010, 06:34
MraNir
Re: We lived there for ten years.
Yes Kazuo, I agree with Placidran

Quote:

Can I draw from the sentence A the conclusion that “we don’t live there now”?
Or does the sentence A imply “we don’t live there now”?
My answer is sentence A imply we don't live there now. A is a simple simple sentence so it was in a moment or period of time of the past but it is not during today. If you want to make A sentence durable on time until now, you have to use present perfect sentence

Read this, it is in a grammar book:
** The present perfect is used when the time period has NOT finished: I have seen three movies this week. (This week has not finished yet.)
** The simple past is used when the time period HAS finished: I saw three movies last week. (Last week is finished.)

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