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    njanja is offline Junior Member
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    Default past perfect,past tense or present perfect?

    Imagine how good your English would be,if you had lived in an English - speaking country for ten years.
    .................................................. ....,if you lived...
    .................................................. ....,if you have lived...

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    Default Re: past perfect,past tense or present perfect?

    Imagine how good your English would be,if you had lived in an English - speaking country for ten years.
    This is fine; it is talking about the past and the fact that you didn't live in such a country for ten years- maybe you were only there for one, or didn't go at all.

    Imagine how good your English would be,if you lived in an English - speaking country for ten years.
    This is also fine; it's talking about an imaginary situation- you are not going to live in an English-speaking country for ten years.

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    Default Re: past perfect,past tense or present perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    for ten years- maybe you were only there for one, or didn't go at all.
    I would want to say "for one year", not just "one" because for me, it means "for someone".

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