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    past perfect x simple past

    Hi there,

    Could you please answer this question?

    Which is the right one?? or both are ok??



    >> Did you hear that Ben was fired last month? He had been working for that important company for more than ten years and he had worked in almost every department.>>


    >> Did you hear that Ben was fired last month? He worked for that important company for ten years, between 2000 and 2010, and he worked in almost every department.>>


    Thanks a lot

    Ademilson

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    Re: past perfect x simple past

    It is most correct to use the past perfect in both sentences, since all of the "working" happened before the "firing":

    Did you hear that Ben was fired last month? He had worked for that important company for ten years, between 2000 and 2010, and he had worked in almost every department.

    However, many native speakers don't always make this distinction, so you probably wouldn't get corrected for it by anyone but an English teacher!

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    Re: past perfect x simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    It is most correct to use the past perfect in both sentences, since all of the "working" happened before the "firing":

    Did you hear that Ben was fired last month? He had worked for that important company for ten years, between 2000 and 2010, and he had worked in almost every department.

    However, many native speakers don't always make this distinction, so you probably wouldn't get corrected for it by anyone but an English teacher!
    Thanks a lot

    It was really helpful

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