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    Default past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Is this sentence correct?

    Before you came here, how long had you been working in Spain?

    I'd say this instead:

    Before you came here, for how long did work in Spain?

    Or maybe they're both all right but there's a difference in meaning?
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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    Before you came here, how long had you been working in Spain?

    I'd say this instead:

    Before you came here, for how long did work in Spain?

    Or maybe they're both all right but there's a difference in meaning?
    They are both correct. I would use the first. There is no difference in meaning.

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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    Before you came here, how long had you been working in Spain?

    I'd say this instead:

    Before you came here, for how long did work in Spain?

    Or maybe they're both all right but there's a difference in meaning?
    There is a word missing in your version.

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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is a word missing in your version.
    Do you mean "for" in the first sentence?
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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    How about the register, is there a difference as far as the register is concerned? And what about the variety of English? Is there no difference there either?
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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Do you mean "for" in the first sentence?
    No. "You" in the second sentence. "For how long did you work in Spain?"

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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    CarloSsS, as a rule of thumb - before and after don't usually require a perfect tense as they both already tell you about the sequence of events, unlike when, in which case you need to use a proper tense to get your message across properly.

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    Default Re: past perfec continous vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    Before you came here, how long had you been working in Spain?

    I'd say this instead:

    Before you came here, for how long did work in Spain?

    Or maybe they're both all right but there's a difference in meaning?
    There is nothing wrong with "how long had you been working in Spain". But because of the timing clue provided by "before you came here" the verb "were" would be acceptable.

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