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    past tense or past perfect?

    1. I had graduated from university and then I had joined the army. I started working several years later.
    2. She has been living in England for a long time but she still didn't speak English.

    What are the mistakes in the above sentences?

    Thanks.

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    Re: past tense or past perfect?

    She had been living in England for a long time but she still didn't speak English.

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    Re: past tense or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. I had graduated from university and then I had joined the army. I started working several years later.
    "I graduated from university and then joined the army. Several years later, I started working." I can't find any reason to use the past perfect here, let alone twice.

    2. She has been living in England for a long time but she still didn't speak English.

    What are the mistakes in the above sentences?

    Thanks.
    An alternative to Bennevis's correction is "She has been living in England for a long time but she still doesn't speak English." They don't mean the same thing, of course.

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