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    Gabex is offline Newbie
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    I've been a chef for about/almost 5 years now.

    Hello there ,

    "I've been a chef for about 5 years now."

    1.Does it still apply at the moment of speaking?
    2.What happens if "now" is removed?
    3.Does the meaning of the sentence changes if "almost" is used instead of "about"?

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    Re: I've been a chef for about/almost 5 years now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabex View Post
    I've been a chef for about 5 years now."

    1.Does it still apply at the moment of speaking? Yes.
    2.What happens if "now" is removed? It's slightly less emphatic.
    3.Does the meaning of the sentence changes if "almost" is used instead of "about"? Yes. It would mean that you've been a chef for less than but nearly five years. With "about" it could be a little longer or a little less.
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    Re: I've been a chef for about/almost 5 years now.

    The "now" has nothing to do with knowing if the person is still a chef. It's the use of the present perfect at the start along with "for about five years" that tells us.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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