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    David quit smoking years ago

    I am not sure if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes? Is it correct to say "he thought about what he..."?

    David quit smoking years ago, but whenever he saw someone with a cigarette, he thought about what he would have done for a smoke.

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    Re: David quit smoking years ago

    Has he stopped feeling that way? If not, it would be better to say "... but even now, whenever he sees someone with a cigarette, he thinks about what he would do/give for a smoke".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: David quit smoking years ago

    Perhaps:

    David quit smoking years ago, but whenever he sees somebody with a cigarette he remembers what a hold the habit used to have on him.

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    Re: David quit smoking years ago

    If he has stopped feeling like that, you could say something like but for years afterwards when he saw someone with a cigarette.... If he still feels that way, then Emsr2d2 's present tense version works. Mind you, things are sometimes not so clear with smoking- I haven't smoked for a decade, but a few days ago, I walked past a man smoking and it did smell good, something that happens very rarely to me.

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