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    #1

    after two years

    Are these sentences correct if "he" (not "they") had spent two years in prison:

    1-They decided to hire him after two years in prison.
    2-They decided to hire him after two years spent in prison.
    3-They decided to hire him after spending two years in prison.

    The intended meaning is that "he" was the one who had spent two years in prison. I am not sure the sentences say that. They seem to say that "they" had spent two years in prison. Maybe "1" works.

    Gratefully,
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    Re: after two years

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct if "he" (not "they") had spent two years in prison:

    1-They decided to hire him after two years in prison.
    2-They decided to hire him after two years spent in prison.
    3-They decided to hire him after spending two years in prison.

    The intended meaning is that "he" was the one who had spent two years in prison. I am not sure the sentences say that. They seem to say that "they" had spent two years in prison. Maybe "1" works.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    The three sentences all suggest that "they" had been in prison for two years.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: after two years

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct if "he" (not "they") had spent two years in prison:

    1-They decided to hire him after two years in prison.
    2-They decided to hire him after two years spent in prison.
    3-They decided to hire him after spending two years in prison.


    The intended meaning is that "he" was the one who had spent two years in prison. I am not sure the sentences say that. They seem to say that "they" had spent two years in prison. Maybe "1" works.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    I agree with emsr. Though context might clear up the confusion, these sentences don't work as they are.

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    #4

    Re: after two years

    Interestingly, if you add one word, I think most people would get the intended meaning:

    They decided to hire him, even after two years in prison.

    I agree that context would be the most helpful thing and your original sentences would unlikely to be seen on their own but making the sentence as clear as possible is best.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: after two years

    Thank you Emsr2d2 and Mike,

    How about,

    They decided to hire him, even after spending two years in prison.


    Do you think that could work as well?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #6

    Re: after two years

    I feel that, since there are two different pronouns in the first clause, "he" should be mentioned again in the second in order to avoid all this ambiguity mess:

    "They decided to hire him, even after he (had) spent two years in prison".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: after two years

    Or after his two years in prison.

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