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    "Has quit for a while" - ambiguous?

    Hello,
    I have some problems with this sentence:
    I thought he has quit for a while.

    To me it sounds as if there were 2 meanings:
    1. A while ago he quit, and he is not coming back.
    2. He has quit now but after a while he will come back.

    It's wrong to say:
    I thought he has been quitting for a while. (at least it would mean he's been trying to quit, but it does not make that much sense.)
    That's why I use "has quit".
    However, it sounds ambiguous.

    It's not as:
    We have married for 2 years.
    It's okay because if the marriage should take 2 years, it would be:
    We are married for 2 years.

    P.S: By the way: Is "quit" okay, or is it "quitted"?

    Cheers!

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    Re: "Has quit for a while" - ambiguous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I have some problems with this sentence:
    I thought he has quit for a while. You have a bit of a mixture of tenses here as well as other problems. "I thought that he had quit" is correct, "I thought that he had quit a while ago" is correct.

    To me it sounds as if there were 2 meanings:
    1. A while ago he quit, and he is not coming back.
    2. He has quit now but after a while he will come back.

    It's wrong to say:
    I thought he has been quitting for a while. (at least it would mean he's been trying to quit, but it does not make that much sense.)
    That's why I use "has quit".
    However, it sounds ambiguous.

    It's not as:
    We have been married for 2 years. This is correct.
    It's okay because if the marriage should take 2 years, it would be:
    We are married for 2 years. This is ok, to mean the same as above.

    P.S: By the way: Is "quit" okay, or is it "quitted"? It's "quit".

    Cheers!
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