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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    after five years living in Tokyo

    Dear all,

    When you explain the structure of the phrases "after five years living in Tokyo" or "In my own experience of five years living in Tokyo", which explanation do you think is better?

    #1 Preposition "of" was omitted: they were originally "after five years of living in Tokyo" and "In my own experience of five years of living in Tokyo".

    #2 "After living in Tokyo" and "experience of living in Tokyo" are the base phrases; "five years" was inserted in order to refer to the length of the life in Tokyo.

    The question above may sound odd in terms of using English for communication, but as a learner who studied English based on grammar, I'd like to know which explanation would be better.

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 23-Sep-2017 at 13:06. Reason: English communication→English for comminication

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    Re: after five years living in Tokyo

    This learner thinks it should be 'years of living'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: after five years living in Tokyo

    Does adding an apostrophe (which I think is missing from both sentences) clarify the grammar? After five years' living in Tokyo....
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    Re: after five years living in Tokyo

    Adding an apostrophe makes it a possessive. I wonder whether 'years' could possess 'living'.
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    Re: after five years living in Tokyo

    I'm not a grammarian, but I like your analysis #1.

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