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  1. Newbie
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    Is it right ?

    Is the following statement right?
    The proportion of the elderly people in the US had been falling through out the period between 1990 and 2000 ,from 15% to 10%, before it went up after 2000.
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    Re: Is it right ?

    Quote Originally Posted by karar View Post
    Is the following statement right?
    The proportion of the elderly people in the US had been falling through out the period between 1990 and 2000 ,from 15% to 10%, before it went up after 2000.
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    The percentage of elderly people in the U.S. fell from 15% to 10% between 1990 and 2000 before it started to rise again.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is it right ?

    Thank you Barb_D for your fast responce , however I'm asking about the using of the past perfect contineous in this sentence,whether it is right or not.

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    Re: Is it right ?

    The past continuous is wrong. The percentage "fell" during the period stated. If you were writing this at some point between 1990 and 2000, you would say "It has been falling for the last XXX years".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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