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    Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    It was 2002 and I in Turkey for two years.

    a)lived
    b)was living
    c)had been living (Answer Key)
    d)have been living

    Hi,
    Can options "a" and "b" be correct too or not? If not then would you please tell me why?

    Source: taken form school exam sheets
    Thank you

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    Re: Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    With the options you mention, the message would seem somewhat disconnected from the year 2002.
    It was 2002 (now you're talking about the year up to which something has happened) and I lived/was living in Turkey for two years (now, you've changed the subject and you're talking about something other than what has happened up to 2002 - you're living in Turkey must have happened at some other point before 2002, certainly not up to that year).
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    It was 2002 (now you're talking about the year up to which something has happened) and I had been living in Turkey for two years. (here, you're living in Turkey is still in progress, and you know that such a situation has been true for two years, including the year 2002).

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    Re: Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    Only c) is possible.

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    Re: Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    Sorry my friends still I haven't understood it very well.

    It was 2002 and I had been living in Turkey for two years.

    How can a person live for two years in 2002?
    I mean 2002 is only one year but the sentence says that he lived in 2002 for two years.
    That's what makes me confused.

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    Re: Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    It looks like you got it wrong, sb70012.
    Let me take you back to 2002. You're living in Turkey in 2002. You came here two years ago. Now, if you want to mention a period of time that you have been somewhere, leading up to present time, you use a perfect tense. And as we're talking about a situation in the past, you'll normally have to use a past perfect tense to refer to it:
    I had been living in Turkey for two years means that you first arrived in Turkey in 2000, and had been living there ever since. It was 2002 introduces the point of time at which your living in Turkey is still true, a point of reference, as you like.

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    Re: Mutiple Choice Option [I in Turkey for two years]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    It was 2002 and I ………in Turkey for two years.

    a)lived
    b)was living
    c)had been living (Answer Key)
    d)have been living

    Hi,
    Can options "a" and "b" be correct too or not? If not then would you please tell me why?

    Source: taken form school exam sheets
    Thank you
    Only C works for me.

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