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    We lived there for ten years.

    Hello!

    A. We lived there for ten years. (B. but we don’t live there now)
    (A, B inserted by the starter)

    The above sentence is from a grammar book. Does it mean as below?
    If B, then A. Not if A, then B.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: We lived there for ten years.

    You're correct.

    If A, then B would look something like this: We lived there for ten years, but we don't live there now.

    If B, then A: We don't live there now, but we lived there for ten years.

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    Re: We lived there for ten years.

    Hello, placidran!

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I’m sorry, but I will rewrite my question as follows.

    Can I draw from the sentence A the conclusion that “we don’t live there now”?
    Or does the sentence A imply “we don’t live there now”?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: We lived there for ten years.

    Yes, because "lived" denotes past tense. We lived there for ten years (We don't live there anymore, but we lived there for ten years).

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    Re: We lived there for ten years.

    Yes Kazuo, I agree with Placidran

    Can I draw from the sentence A the conclusion that “we don’t live there now”?
    Or does the sentence A imply “we don’t live there now”?
    My answer is sentence A imply we don't live there now. A is a simple simple sentence so it was in a moment or period of time of the past but it is not during today. If you want to make A sentence durable on time until now, you have to use present perfect sentence

    Read this, it is in a grammar book:
    ** The present perfect is used when the time period has NOT finished: I have seen three movies this week. (This week has not finished yet.)
    ** The simple past is used when the time period HAS finished: I saw three movies last week. (Last week is finished.)

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