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    Left taking drugs

    Hi guys,

    Please check. "When he died it had been four years since he left taking drugs". Is it correct? Or shoukd we say "He had left taking drugs".

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    Re: Left taking drugs

    What do you mean by 'he left taking drugs'? He stopped taking drugs?
    Did he die four years after he stopped taking drugs? Drugs could mean medicine or illegal, harmful drugs.

    He died four years after he stopped taking drugs.
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    #3

    Re: Left taking drugs

    You could also use quit/gave up, but left doesn't work.

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    Re: Left taking drugs

    Unless there is context to the contrary, "taking drugs" refers to illegal/illicit drugs.

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    #5

    Re: Left taking drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could also use quit/gave up, but left doesn't work.
    I agree, but it does sound like something that street youth might come up with in North America (meaning I think the poor construction is not the sort of error learners make, but something else). [Edit: Come to think of it, the expression leaving school in the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth sounds, to North American ears, like the pupils gave up and quit before completing school -- different regions, eh?]
    Last edited by konungursvia; 07-Jan-2015 at 12:45. Reason: Esprit d'escalier

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    #6

    Re: Left taking drugs

    Is my sentence totally incorrect? I think its not. And I want to know what we have to use "It had been two years since he had done or did". Can we use past perfect after past perfect?

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    #7

    Re: Left taking drugs

    It has been four years since he stopped taking drugs.

    or

    It had been four years since he stopped taking drugs.

    In one case he is still alive. In the other case he is almost certainly not alive.


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    #8

    Re: Left taking drugs

    What about my first sentence? Doesn't it make sense at all? Is it totaly incorrect?

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    #9

    Re: Left taking drugs

    Your first sentence is incorrect. We do not say that someone "left" taking drugs. We say they "stopped" taking drugs. Your sentence would be much simpler as "He died four years after he stopped taking drugs".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Left taking drugs

    It's acceptable and in common use in Indian (South Asian) English. It sounds strange in any other variant

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