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    #1

    Which grammar tense is better?

    Hello,
    The last module test I gave today included some tricky questions I am not sure about:
    Sam (not receive) ... the parcel the last time I (speak) to him.
    I think - Sam had not received the parcel the last time I spoke to him.

    When I (leave) ... my last job, I (work) ... there for four years.
    I think - When I left my last job, I had worked there for four years.
    Is it OK to say - When I left my last job, I had been working there for four years. - I feel the Past Perfect Continuous is wrong here.

    I've made up my mind I (buy) ... this car. - I think - I WILL buy this car.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Which grammar tense is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,
    The last module test I gave today included some tricky questions I am not sure about:
    Sam (not receive) ... the parcel the last time I (speak) to him.
    I think - Sam had not received the parcel the last time I spoke to him.

    When I (leave) ... my last job, I (work) ... there for four years.
    I think - When I left my last job, I had worked there for four years.
    Is it OK to say - When I left my last job, I had been working there for four years. - I feel the Past Perfect Continuous is wrong here. I prefer it.

    I've made up my mind I (buy) ... this car. - I think - I WILL buy this car. or: 'I am going to buy', or 'I am buying'. The compiler of the test probably thinks that one of these is better than the others, but in real life you can make an argument for any of them.
    If you are interested in an article on the difference between the meanings of futre forms, try http://www.gramorak.com/Articles/Future.pdf

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    Re: Which grammar tense is better?

    ps: even Teachers of English who are native speakers get hold of the published answers to published tests! It saves a lot of embarrassment.

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    Re: Which grammar tense is better?

    You are absolutely right!

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