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    Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? Or do

    I meet a new friend from India in California. I say to him:

    I work in the IT field and have lived in India a few years.

    Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? Or does it have to be simple past?

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    Re: Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? O

    If you still live in India, "have lived" works. If you no longer live there, the simple past would work.

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    Re: Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? O

    I no longer live there but have lived there before and that's what I'm trying to say to my new friend from India. And I was there for a whole three years.

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    Re: Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? O

    Then "I lived in India for three years".

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    Re: Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? O

    Not a teacher.

    You can also use "use to live there" but the way our respected sirs have explained is even correct!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Aug-2014 at 07:31. Reason: Added "Not a teacher".

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    Re: Can you say have lived when talking about something that happened in the past? O

    Kristin, that should be "used to live there". And we are not all "sirs".

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