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    Tense and For duration -Laywers (who are) immersed (for three years) in this...

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    "Little wonder that lawyers who are immersed in this seperate world for three years go forth with the belief that the law is a domain unto itself."

    My questions is: can "who are" -present tense, and "for three years" -duration be used together?
    Is this gramatically incorrect, or can it be interpreted in a different way?

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    Re: Tense and For duration -Laywers (who are) immersed (for three years) in this...

    Please correct the information in your profile.
    “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: Tense and For duration -Laywers (who are) immersed (for three years) in this...

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    Please correct the information in your profile.
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    Re: Tense and For duration -Laywers (who are) immersed (for three years) in this...

    My questions is: can "who are" -present tense, and "for three years" -duration be used together?


    Yes. We understand this as being a regular thing. Each group of lawyers in immersed in this separate world for three years and then emerges into the ouside world. A time period introduced by 'for' does not necessarily extend up to the present moment.

    I lived in Stuttgart for two years (2013-2015).
    I am staying in Prague for two years (2015-2017).
    Then I'll go to Moscow for two years (2017-2019).

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    Re: Tense and For duration -Laywers (who are) immersed (for three years) in this...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    My questions is: can "who are" -present tense, and "for three years" -duration be used together?


    A time period introduced by 'for' does not necessarily extend up to the present moment.
    Thanks for your reply!
    Could you please explain what you mean by "A time period introduced by 'for' does not necessarily extend up to the present moment."?

    Does this mean that if there is a time gap between "immersed" and "go forth with", it's OK to use present tense?

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