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  1. babyblue

    Smile grammar check

    Hi, here is a sentence that is really confusing me -

    We had known each other for 3 years by April.

    I think it's no problem in refer to the grammar used in it, but some say it sounds somewhat strange because of the length of time - "for 3 years" in the questioning sentence.

    I'd appreciate if you could give your opinion about it.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: grammar check


    The problem I see isn't the preposition "by". It's modality. Try adding the modals 'will' and 'would', like this,

    By (this) April, we will have known each other for 3 years.
    By (this) April, we would have known each other for 3 years. (we are not friends anymore)

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