Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Kazuo is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    144
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    PlacidRan is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    605
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  3. #3
    Kazuo is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    144
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: We lived there for ten years.

    Hello, placidran!

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    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”?

    Thanks in advance

  4. #4
    PlacidRan is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    605
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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).

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    26
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: We lived there for ten years.

    Yes Kazuo, I agree with Placidran

    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.)

Similar Threads

  1. We lived in Ireland for five years
    By fire fly in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-Nov-2009, 18:40
  2. Exports have risen by no less than 80% in the last ten years.
    By Seiichi MYOGA in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-Jul-2009, 17:50
  3. [General] doing his stretch of ten years = serving ten-year sentence
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-May-2009, 20:15
  4. I'll be ten years old on May sixteenth.
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Nov-2007, 13:13
  5. she is living here ten years or /for ten years?
    By magdalena in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2006, 19:59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk