Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #1

    I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Hello.

    I only want to clarify one more thing for me.

    If I say "I've been living in London for 10 years" it implies that I keep living there.
    If I say "I lived (was living) there for 10 years" it doesn't neccessary mean that I keep living there.

    Am I right?

    P.S Probably #2 isn't a natural sentence.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,846
    #2

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    If by "I keep living there", you mean "I still live there", then yes.

    I've been living in London for ten years. (I still live there.)
    I've lived in London for ten years. (I still live there.)
    I lived in London for ten years. (I no longer live there.)
    I was living in London for ten years. (I no longer live there.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #3

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Thank you.

    I woke up in a cold sweat from the horrible nightmare that I was wrong.
    I'm happy now.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,825
    #4

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've lived in London for ten years. (I still live there.)
    If the speaker is on a plane flying to another city where he is going to live, will it mean "I no longer live there"?

  5. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #5

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    If I understand your question correctly, yes. When I was in the actual process of moving to New York, I no longer lived in Chicago.

  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,825
    #6

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If I understand your question correctly
    My question is: can "I've lived in London for ten years" denote "I no longer live there" if he is on a plane while speaking?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 14-Apr-2014 at 19:05.

  7. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #7

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Just flying on a plane to a city where one is going to move is not necessarily moving. If the person's belongings have been moved and this is the final stage of "the move", then yes.

  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,825
    #8

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Assuming the OP has arrived at the airport in Moscow where he will settle, can he say "I've lived in London for ten years"?

  9. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,846
    #9

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    At the airport in my new home, I would say "I lived in London for ten years but today I moved to Russia". To use the past perfect, I would add two words "I have lived in London for the last ten years but now I live in Russia".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  10. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #10

    Re: I've been living in London for 10 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If I understand your question correctly, yes. When I was in the actual process of moving to New York, I no longer lived in Chicago.
    Does that mean you lived nowhere at the time? Or maybe you lived in Harrisburg for ten minutes as you were flying over?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Nov-2013, 13:42
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-Aug-2012, 19:41
  3. "For over 100 years, people in London..."
    By newbie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-Jul-2008, 00:56
  4. Jane was living in London.
    By sariputra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-Aug-2007, 08:28
  5. she is living here ten years or /for ten years?
    By magdalena in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2006, 19:59

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •