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    Smile Choice of tense underlined

    If someone has just found a good job recently e.g. within the past couple of days, could they use the tenses in the following sentences?

    1) At last, I have got a superb job. I have been waiting for it for 2 years.

    2) At last, I have got a superb job. I have waited for it for 2 years.

    3) At last, I have got a superb job. I waited for it for 2 years.


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    Default Re: Choice of tense underlined

    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    1) At last, I have got a superb job. I have been waiting for it for 2 years.
    2) At last, I have got a superb job. I have waited for it for 2 years.
    3) At last, I have got a superb job. I waited for it for 2 years.
    There are different shades of meaning, but all are possible.

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    Question Re: Choice of tense underlined

    2) At last, I have got a superb job. I have waited for it for 2 years.

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    Smile Re: Choice of tense underlined

    Hallo fivejedjon,

    Thank you very much for your response. I would just like to know what these different shades of meaning are.


    Best wishes,

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    Default Re: Choice of tense underlined

    Here is just one possible idea for each utterance.

    1) At last, I have got a superb job. I have been waiting for it for 2 years.
    This is likely to be said at the time of being given the job, or in the very early days of starting work.
    The use of the progressive form may emphasise the duration. The waiting has been going on throughout the whole of the two years up till now.

    2) At last, I have got a superb job. I have waited for it for 2 years.
    This is also likely to be said at the time of being given the job, or in the very early days of starting work.
    The non-progressive form is more neutral. The length of waiting is clearly as long as in #1, but no special emphasis is placed on this.

    3) At last, I have got a superb job. I waited for it for 2 years.
    This is more likely to be said after the speaker has been working in the job for some time. The waiting period is now past.

    In #1 and #2, 'have got' may convey the idea of 'have obtained/been given; in #3 it may be equivalent to 'have'.

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