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    edmondjanet is offline Member
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    "How long" with past continuous and perfect continuous

    Dear all.
    I am always confused in past tense.

    How long were you working in the Gulf? or
    How long had you been working in the Gulf?

    I was working in the Gulf from 2006 to 2010.
    I had been working in the Gulf from 2006 to 2010.

    I was working in the Gulf since 2000.
    I had been working in the Gulf since 2000.
    Thank you
    Edmond
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    Re: "How long" with past continuous and perfect continuous

    I note that you haven't included the past simple in the above.

    Some examples:

    How long did you work in the Gulf?
    I worked in the Gulf from 2006 to 2010.

    How long were you working in the Gulf?
    I was working in the Gulf from 2006 to 2010.

    How long had you been working in the Gulf before you moved back to the US?
    I had been working in the Gulf from 2006 to 2010, and then I returned to the US.
    I had been working in the Gulf since 2006, before moving back to the US in 2010.


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    Re: "How long" with past continuous and perfect continuous

    I didn't have any doubt about simple past.
    Thank you

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    Re: "How long" with past continuous and perfect continuous

    OK, but why would you say How long were you working in the Gulf rather than the simple past? We use different forms to create meanings.

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    Re: "How long" with past continuous and perfect continuous

    It can be used to focus on details (duration in this case).

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