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    In the last few years

    Hello,

    Can you tell me if the expression "in the last few years" must always go with a perfect tense?

    Thank you for you help

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    Re: In the last few years

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    Can you tell me if the expression "in the last few years" must always go with a perfect tense?

    Thank you for you help
    It's preferable, IMO.

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    #3

    Re: In the last few years

    Thank you for your answer but what does "IMO" mean?

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    Re: In the last few years

    In my opinion.

    IMHO is also frequently encountered; it means 'in my humble opinion'.

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    Re: In the last few years

    So you think it would be wrong to say:
    Being a construction worker will be hard for me in the last few years because I might be too old for that work then.

    But it would be correct to say:
    Being a construction worker has been hard for me in the last few years because I am too old for that work.




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    Re: In the last few years

    Hi,

    As it has been said, it is preferable to use "in the past few years" with a perfect tense. As far as your sentences are concerned, I'd say that first of all they do not have the same meaning at all. One refers to something which is going to happen while the other one refers to something which happened already.
    Then yes, the second one is correct (even though I'd say "was too old" instead of "am too old"), when the first one is not, IMO.

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    Re: In the last few years

    Quote Originally Posted by Dood. View Post
    As far as your sentences are concerned, I'd say that first of all they do not have the same meaning at all. One refers to something which is going to happen while the other one refers to something which happened already.
    I'm fully aware of that.
    Ok, then I won't use "in the last few years" with other tenses than the perfect tense.

    Thanks.

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