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    tyrp is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: rumors about English

    NOT A TEACHER and NOT A NATIVE SPEAKER
    As I see your example, its meaning is: 'I haven't been smoking for 4 years. It was 4 years ago that I did it last'. The sentence is close to #1 from your list, though we don't know whether the person really gave up smoking on purpose, or just it happened so that they weren't able to have a smoke for 4 years.

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    I hope, now that you've seen that most of the things you thought were wrong are actually okay, you can stop "hating" those people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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