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    a little while ago = a short time back

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the following sentences are reasonable?

    • I have just moved into a new flat a little while ago.
    • I have just moved into a new flat a little while back.
    • I have just moved into a new flat a short time ago.
    • I have just moved into a new flat a short time back.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 09-Mar-2009 at 13:57.

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    Re: a little while ago = a short time back

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the following sentences are reasonable?

    • I moved into a new flat a little while ago.
    • I have just moved in a new flat a little while back.
    • I have just moved in a new flat a short time ago.
    • I have moved into a new flat a short time back.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: a little while ago = a short time back

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the following sentences are reasonable?

    • I have just moved in a new flat a little while ago.
    • I have just moved in a new flat a little while back.
    • I have just moved in a new flat a short time ago.
    • I have just moved in a new flat a short time back.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Only #1 and #3 are idiomatic.

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    Re: a little while ago = a short time back

    'a little while ago'
    'a little time back'


    You start the sentence with 'just' meaning 'recently', and then conclude with a choice of the phrases above, which have the sense of placing the action as occurring further back in time; and these two phrases suggest the action was completed at that time.

    The use of the Present Perfect thus conflicts with the idea here of over, complete, done and dusted.

    It's either:
    I have just moved into a new flat.
    or
    I moved into a new flat a little while ago/
    a little time back.

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    Hi DavidL,

    Thanks you gave me a hand so fast.

    Thanks to you I might offer to your attention a complex sentence using the Present Perfect (showing that a past occurrence is connected with the present time) and the Past Indefinite (belonging exclusively to the sphere of the past) at the same time.

    • I have just moved into a new flat with a new roommate named Tom who was sent to me a little while ago by my strict guardian.
    • I have just moved into a new flat with a new roommate named Tom who was sent to me a short time ago by my strict guardian.

    Thank you again for your prompt, courteous, and professional post.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 09-Mar-2009 at 16:29.

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    Re: a little while ago = a short time back

    Both are perfectly correct.

    That Tom was dispatched to you by the uncle happened some time ago; you might have lived in some smallish flat for a while, but decided to move; hence, NOW as you speak: "I have just moved into a new flat ...strict uncle. It's much larger than our previous flat, and has separate bedrooms."

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