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    Hello.

    Can I say
    "I had been teaching English from 2001 to 2005."?

    I'd like to know if you use "from A to be" in the present perfect form.

    If not, could you teach me the reason?

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    We can't normally use the present perfect (have taught/have been teaching) with 'from A to B', be cause the present perfect is normally used for a time period extending up to the present moment, not a past time (B).

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    Re: from A to B

    Quote Originally Posted by Jstudent View Post
    Hello.

    Can I say
    "I had been teaching English from 2001 to 2005."?

    I'd like to know if you use "from A to be" in the present perfect form.

    If not, could you teach me the reason?

    Sorry, I mean not "in the present perfect form" but "in the past perfect form".

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    Re: from A to B

    Quote Originally Posted by Jstudent View Post
    Can I say "I had been teaching English from 2001 to 2005."?
    The non-continuous form is possible - "I was happy to be back in Stuttgart. I had taught English there from 2001 to 2005, and felt at home again immediately."

    I can't at the moment think of a situation when the progressive form would be natural. Somebody else may come up with one.

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    Re: from A to B

    It's difficult to make a truly natural example with the dates IMO.

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