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    I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University.

    As far as I understand, this sentence is not grammatically correct (I know that we shouldn't use the present perfect tense when referring to the past): I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University.

    What is the more proper way to put it?

    I knew Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University.
    (It's from a student reference letter.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University

    It seems strange to use the verb 'know" here. You either know someone or you don't.

    It's OK to say, 'I have known Ms M for three years' meaning I have known her since I met her three years ago but, 'I knew Ms M for three years' means that you don't know her anymore.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University

    Perhaps he "knew" her in the biblical sense.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    As far as I understand, this sentence is not grammatically correct (I know that we shouldn't use the present perfect tense when referring to the past): I have known Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University.

    What is the more proper way to put it?

    I knew Ms M for three years when I was teaching at Moscow State University.
    (It's from a student reference letter.)
    Quibbles about whether "to know" is a good choice of verbs aside, your sentence is correct.

    You could avoid using "to know" with something like I worked with Ms. M for three years when I was teaching at MSU.
    I am not a teacher.

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