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    past perfect tense

    Dear teachers,

    Please compare the following two sentences:

    No.1
    A: I saw Dave in the lift this morning.
    B: Really? He ____________ around here for a long time.

    a. wasn't seen b. hadn't been seen
    The key is "b".

    No.2
    He works in China now, but he ____________ in Africa for eight years.
    a. worked b. had worked
    The key is "a".

    To me the tense of the two sentences are the seme. My question is:
    If "b" is correct in No. 1 why isn't "b" correct in No.2?

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

    Jiang

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    Re: past perfect tense

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    1) The answer ought to be "hasn't been seen".

    2) The answer could be either one.

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    Re: past perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    2) The answer could be either one.
    I agree, but I think 'worked' is more likely.

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    Re: past perfect tense

    Hi SlickVic9000,
    I got confused. Why should it be "hasn't " ? I think "hadn't been seen" refers to the time before "I" saw "him". Is that right?

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

    Jiang

    er ought to be "hasn't been seen".

    2) The answer could be either one.[/QUOTE]

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