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    Question I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    I have a very basic problem I fear and I completely do not know how to solve it.

    I was talking with my friend not a long time ago ( also english is not his native language ), and changing subjects I wanted to tell him something about my old home.

    When I started sentense I didn't know that I will momentarily stop " This city was my hometown. I lived there ... "

    I stopped because I didn't know how to continue. I wanted to say (here comes mistake) something like " I lived there many years", but I didn't want to say only that, I wanted also to add how many years exactly.

    And here is the thing. Should I have said " I lived there many years, maybe 4 or 5", "I had lived there for 8 years since I passed ... ", or "I was living there many years..."?

    I don't think continous can be used here, but I had that idea.

    I think I could use simple with many, but what about for? Is it correct to use it with simple? And the final question, is it correct to use past perfect? Maybe I should have said "I have been living there for ... " , but I think it would underline the time too much.

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    I lived there for ​many years ... probably 11 or 12 years.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrynbez View Post
    I have a very basic problem I fear and I completely do not know how to solve it.
    Say:
    I have a question.

    Do not complicate things unnecessarily.

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Or don't bother with any introduction. Just start 'I was talking with my friend...'

    Note that four or five are not many years.

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrynbez View Post
    "This city was my hometown. I lived there ..."
    I am not a teacher.

    Normally, your home town is where you were born or where you lived when young. I don't think I would say the city was my home town because it will always be my home town. If it's not your home town it's just somewhere you lived at some point.

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrynbez View Post
    I had lived there for 8 years since I passed
    This sounds as if you died there, so don't use it. I would follow emsr2d2's advice, but would also remember that your hometown stays with you for life, as Roman55 says- I went back to my hometown for the first time in twenty years recently, and it is still my hometown, no matter how far or how long I have been away.

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I lived there for ​many years ... probably 11 or 12 years.
    Ok, yes sorry, I will not complicate things to much next time. Next time I will also write a different thread titile.

    I understood, that "for" can be used with present simple in some instances, like the one above? Am I right?

    "hometown", "passed" ... and many years...

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    Re: I lived somewhere... - which tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrynbez View Post
    Ok, yes sorry, I will not complicate things too much next time. Next time I will also write a different thread titile.

    I understood, that "for" can be used with present simple in some instances, like the one above? Am I right?

    "hometown", "passed" ... and many years...
    To give you another example, St. Louis (Missouri) is my hometown, but now I live in Charlotte (North Carolina). (If you look up "Tarheel" you will see how I decided on my current username.)

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