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    Please check this sentence

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    Is this right: I'd say you've been smoking for years.

    Is the tense okay here? It is a conversational.

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    Re: Please check this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hi,

    Is this right: I'd say you've been smoking for years.

    Is the tense okay here? It is a conversational.

    Mr. X
    Yes, it's fine.

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    Re: Please check this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hi,

    Is this right: I'd say you've been smoking for years.

    Is the tense okay here? It is a conversational.

    Mr. X
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    I'd say, you've been smoking for years.

    Unless you're not guessing that he/she is a smoker or not, "would" would sound a bit odd. And I'd put a comma after "I'd say".

    Another thing is;
    It is conversational. Or, It is a conversation. Furthermore, it actually would be a (small) part of a conversation.

    And as for your original question, yes, you used the correct tense.

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    Re: Please check this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Unless you're not guessing that he/she is a smoker or not, "would" would sound a bit odd.
    At first glance, it did seem a bit odd to me too. But I paused for a second and thought that it would be the right thing to say in a particular context:

    P1: Quit smoking! It's not good for your health!
    P2: Oh, come on, I've been smoking only for a couple of weeks!
    P1: A couple of weeks?!? I'd say you've been smoking for years!!

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    Re: Please check this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    At first glance, it did seem a bit odd to me too. But I paused for a second and thought that it would be the right thing to say in a particular context:

    P1: Quit smoking! It's not good for your health!
    P2: Oh, come on, I've been smoking only for a couple of weeks!
    P1: A couple of weeks?!? I'd say you've been smoking for years!!
    Yes, you're right. But all in all, it's all about guessing.

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