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    not showing off

    1)"Did you you hear the latest news that.......?"

    2)"I've never heard that"

    If I changed Past Simple to Past Perfect in my response, would I sound as if I'm trying to correct or show off before the person I've been talking to? Is it Ok to use a different tense when you answer a question because you feel it slightly different in your mind?
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    Re: not showing off

    Do you mean to change "Did you you hear the latest news that.......?" to "Have you heard the latest news that...?" If so, then practically speaking there is not likely to be much difference.


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    Re: not showing off

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    Do you mean to change "Did you you hear the latest news that.......?" to "Have you heard the latest news that...?" If so, then practically speaking there is not likely to be much difference.

    "Where was he working before he got a job with our company?"

    Can I answer

    "He had been working at GE for a while.''

    Is it Ok if use Past Perfect Continious in my answer?

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    Re: not showing off

    The form of the answer matches the form of the question. Otherwise, there is no reason to use past perfect continuous. More usual would be:
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    A: Where did he work before he got a job with our company?
    B: He worked at GE.






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