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    lagoo is offline Member
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    I haven't smoked for two years.

    (1) I don't smoke now and my last smoke was at least two years ago
    (2) I do smoke now but I didn't start as long as two years ago

    The explanation is hard to understand. Why is it ambiguous?

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    Re: I haven't smoked for two years.

    Neither one is clear. I assume that they mean:

    1) I don't smoke anymore. I gave up at least two years ago.
    2) I smoke. I started [smoking] less than two years ago.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I haven't smoked for two years.

    I only started xxx time ago would be a better way of showing how little time you've been smoking.

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