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    Smile have been or had been, I'm sure if it is consistent

    Please help me with the consistency of my verb. I am not sure if the verb is consistent :

    "Overall I'm very satisfied with my previous job. I have been able to work with good people and work was really fun."
    Please help me with my verb consistency. Since it is past tense, should I use "had been able" to work instead of I have been able? Thanks my friends!!
    Last edited by lemmor; 30-Jul-2014 at 06:31. Reason: if forgot the word NOT

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    Re: have been or had been, I'm sure if it is consistent

    Actually, that should just be simple past tense: "I was able to work with good people."

    If you said "I had been able," it means that something changed. For instance, "I had been able to work with good people until I was moved to another office."

    You probably also want to say "I was very satisfied with my previous job."

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    Re: have been or had been, I'm sure if it is consistent

    Thanks Charlie! Yes, you are right! I should use simple past.

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    Re: have been or had been, I'm sure if it is consistent

    You should note we say "the past simple", "the present perfect" etc.
    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    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.

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