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    had worked

    Dear teachers,

    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I _________ on a farm for 5 years.
    a. had workd b. have worked c. was working D. worked

    I think both "a" and "d" are correct. Is that right? But a better sence should be :


    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I _________ on a farm for 5 years since I came here to teach.
    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: had worked

    A,D

    No, I (had) worked on a farm for 5 years
    since before I came here to teach.

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    #3

    Re: had worked

    Dear Finicky,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I am still confused. Could you please kindly explain which of the following sentences are correct? And are they good pairs (I mean if we put Sentence A and Sentence B together)?

    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    A: Have you been teaching here after graduation?

    B: No, I (had) worded on a farm for 5 years before I came here to teach.

    B: No, I (had) worked on a farm for 5 years.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Last edited by jiang; 30-Apr-2012 at 09:13.

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    Re: had worked

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I _________ on a farm for 5 years.
    a. had workd b. have worked c. was working D. worked

    I think both "a" and "d" are correct. Is that right? But a better sence should be :


    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I _________ on a farm for 5 years since I came here to teach.
    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    This is correct.
    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I worked on a farm for 5 years.

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    Re: had worked

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I _________ on a farm for 5 years.
    a. had worked b. have worked c. was working D. worked

    Do you mean the following sentences are correct:

    1. No, I had worked on a farm for 5 years before I came here to teach.
    2.
    No, I worked on a farm for 5 years before I came here to teach.
    Both are possible. As the word 'before' makes the sequence clear, #2 is more natural, in my opinion. We don't need a past perfect.
    No.1 (Sentence A)
    Do you mean Have you been teaching here since graduation is not correct with since in it? And it should be Have you been teaching here after graduation?
    'since' is correct; 'after' is not.
    No.2 (Sentence B)
    Or the original sentence is correct. And the dialogue should be:
    A: Have you been teaching here since graduation?
    B: No, I (had) worked on a farm for 5 years.
    The past perfect is not natural.
    No.3 (Sentence B)
    Or do you mean only when before I came here is added to the sentence is the sentence correct? I mean the only correct sentence should be:
    No, I (had) worked on a farm for 5 years before I came here.
    See my earlier comments.
    I have left your last question until later. Please try to ask one question at a time, or at least not suggest so many alternatives. It's difficult to give helpful answers when so many points are raised.

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    Re: had worked

    Hi 5jj,


    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I am sorry to have given so many alternatives. Because I got totally confused so I typed so many questions. I promise it won't happen again.

    Jiang

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