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    indirect speech

    She asked if he knew that they had lived for three years in Vienna and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.
    She asked if he knew that they used to live for three years in Vienna and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.

    Is it possible to say this this way below?

    She asked if he knew that they'd lived for three years in Vienna and for two (years) in Amsterdam.

    Thanks

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    Re: indirect speech

    Yes; in fact it's clearer and - obviously - shorter. So go with it!

    b

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