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    Unhappy I was not able to access.....

    Are the following sententences correct? And do they mean the same?

    1. I was not able to access the Internet the last few days. (Do I need to put a preposition?)

    2. I was not able to access the Internet In the last few days.

    3. I was not able to access the Internet for the last few days.

    4- I was not able to acces the internet during the last few days.


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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    I have not been able to access the internet for​ the last few days.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    I was not able to access the Internet in the last few days.

    I would say the above if I can access the Internet at the time of speaking.
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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    If the person can access it now, I would use the past tense, even though we normally use a present perfect with these time expressions, possibly with a mention that it is OK now.

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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    I couldn't access the net for a few days last week. (Now I can.)
    I haven't been able to access the net for the last few days. (I still can't.)
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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I would use the present perfect there.
    What does "I have not been able to access the internet in the last few days." mean?

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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    The present perfect refers to a period from the past to the present.
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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The present perfect refers to a period from the past to the present.
    Does it mean I still can't access the internet?

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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    Have you read post #6, especially the bracketed text?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I was not able to access.....

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Does it mean I still can't access the internet?
    Yes, it does to me.

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