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    He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Hello, dear teachers.
    If time words, like every day / month / year, denote regularity, they can’t be used with continuous tenses.
    Could you please tell me if my understanding is correct?
    Thank you very much for your help and kindness.

    1) He swims every day to keep fit.
    →We can’t use “is swimming” in place of “swims.”

    2) He swam every day when he was young.
    →We can’t use “was swimming” in place of “swam.”

    3) He will swim every day after he gets well.
    →We can’t use “will be swimming” in place of “will swim.”

    4) He has swum every day for two years. He practices hard to join the swimming team.
    →We can’t use “has been swimming” in place of “has swum.”

    5) He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.
    →We can’t use “had been swimming” in place of “had swum.”

    6) He will have swum every day for a year by the end of the month.
    →We can’t use “will have been swimming” in place of “will have swum.”

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    #2

    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Chu View Post
    Hello, dear teachers.
    I believe that if time words like every day/month/year, which denote regularity, they can’t be used with continuous tenses.
    Could you please tell me if my understanding is correct?
    Thank you very much for your help and kindness.
    Typically, the present simple is used in such sentences. However, that's not to say that the continuous aspect is necessarily wrong/unnatural. In fact, using the continuous can highlight the duration or add emphasis/importance.

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    #3

    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Hello, dear teachers.
    Could you please give me some examples?

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    #4

    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Why don't you try to give us some examples instead? It would be a good exercise for you.

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    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Chu View Post
    Hello, dear teachers.
    Alice Chu, there is no need to keep opening your posts with such greetings. Use "Hello" at the start of a thread by all means, but there's no need for anything in follow-up posts. "dear teachers" is entirely unnecessary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Could you please tell me if the following sentences highlight the duration?

    1) I have been working hard every day for weeks. I am exhausted now and need a good rest.
    2) He had been working hard every day for months by the time he got sick.
    3) She will have been working hard every day for two months by tomorrow. After finishing her work, she will take a trip with her family.

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    #7

    Re: He had swum every day for a month before he broke his leg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Chu View Post
    Could you please tell me if the following sentences highlight the duration?

    1) I have been working hard every day for weeks. I am exhausted now and need a good rest.
    2) He had been working hard every day for months by the time he got sick.
    3) She will have been working hard every day for two months by tomorrow. After finishing her work, she will take a trip with her family.
    They do.
    I am not a teacher.

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