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    'has recently changed jobs' versus 'has recently been changing jobs'

    Here is a part of an English test I struggled with of late.

    Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

    My friend Jessica 13) ................ (recently/change) jobs. She 14) ...........................(work) as a nurse but she 15) ...................... (decide) she wanted to do something different, so she 16) ...............(train) to be a primary school teacher. At the moment, she 17) ..............(work) in a temporary job in a school near Leeds. She really 18) .......................... (enjoy) her work. Soon, she 19) ................... / ........................ (aaply) for a permanent job wchich she hopes she 19) ........................ (get).


    My answers were following:

    13) has recently been changing the expected answer was: has recently changed

    14) had worked same as expected

    15) decided same as expected

    16) was training the expected answer was: trained

    17) is working same as expected

    18) enjoys same as expected

    19) will be applying / will apply the expected answers were: is going to apply / will apply

    20) will get same as expected


    My question of course is this: is any of my answers (where different from those expected) acceptable?

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    Re: 'has recently changed jobs' versus 'has recently been changing jobs'

    You won't find this very helpful, I am afraid, but I hate (and I mean 'hate') this kind of exercise. The person who set it is in effect asking you to guess what the 'speaker' here might have been thinking. This is not what normally happens to learners who are trying to communicate in English

    OK, I got that off my chest.
    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    My friend Jessica 13) ................ (recently/change) jobs. She 14) ...........................(work) as a nurse but she 15) ...................... (decide) she wanted to do something different, so she 16) ...............(train) to be a primary school teacher. At the moment, she 17) ..............(work) in a temporary job in a school near Leeds. She really 18) .......................... (enjoy) her work. Soon, she 19) ................... / ........................ (aaply) for a permanent job wchich she hopes she 19) ........................ (get).

    13) has recently been changing the expected answer was: has recently changed
    'Recently changed' or 'has recently changed' works best here

    14) had worked same as expected
    'Had worked' is fine; 'had been working' is also acceptable.

    15) decided same as expected

    16) was training the expected answer was: trained
    'Trained' is what we want. 'There is no reason/need for a progressive form, though 'has been training' is possible.

    17) is working same as expected

    18) enjoys same as expected
    'Is enjoying' is also acceptable.

    19) will be applying / will apply the expected answers were: is going to apply / will apply
    My choices, in order of prefernce are: 1. will be applying; 2. is going to apply: 3. will apply. I am sure that others will think differently.
    20) will get same as expected
    I'd also accept 'gets'.

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