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    Question Using FOR with Past Simple

    Is it possible to say "FOR TWO WEEKS we went shopping EVERY DAY" speaking about past?

    I remember that we use FOR (a period of time) with perfect tenses, but is it possible to use FOR with Past Simple?

    Or we have to say something like "(During) The next two weeks we went shopping every day"?...

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    Re: Using FOR with Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by tati_ana View Post
    Is it possible to say "FOR TWO WEEKS we went shopping EVERY DAY" when speaking about the past?
    Yes, it is.

    I remember that we use FOR (a period of time) with perfect tenses, but is it possible to use FOR with the past simple?

    Or do we have to say something like "(During) The next two weeks we went shopping every day"?
    No, we don't have to say that although that sentence is possible in the right context.

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    Re: Using FOR with Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by tati_ana View Post
    I remember that we use FOR (a period of time) with perfect tenses, but is it possible to use FOR with Past Simple?
    Only when that period of time extends up to another time, and the focus is on the end-point of that time.

    I have lived in Prague for twelve years. (That time extends up to the moment of speaking.)
    Fred had been working there for only a month when the firm closed down. (That time extended up to the moment of the closing down.)

    I worked in Germany for four years. (A time period in the past.)
    I worked in Germany from 1972 to 1974. (A time period in the past - the end is no more significant than the beginning.)

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    Re: Using FOR with Past Simple

    The present perfect tense has something to do with the present. If an event is decidedly in the past, you only use past simple.

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