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Teacher, Which one of these is correct:
1. I have been once considering settling down in England.
2. I had (I'd) been once considering to settle down in England.
"I was once considering settling down in England."
Last edited by euncu; 14-Jan-2010 at 13:18. Reason: typo correcting
Yes, the continuous form doesn't make sense unless you want to talk about something that happened WHILE you were thinking about it.
I had been considering settling down in England when I learned that my horrible college roommate had been elected mayor of the town I had been thinking to move to. That was all I needed to realize that I was better off where I was.
I had once considered settling down in England, but then my daughter presented me with twin grandsons, and I knew I wasn't going to go so far way.
(EDIT: I have no problem with the word "consider" vs. "thought." It's a very natural word to use.)
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.