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    Canada

    " I came to Canada not long ago then. "

    Is this a correct sentence if what I mean is during that particular time I was in Canada I had been in Canada for some time ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " I came to Canada not long ago then. "

    Is this a correct sentence if what I mean is during that particular time I was in Canada I had been in Canada for some time ?

    Thanks in advance
    Depending on how long you had been in Canada:

    At that time, I had been in Canada for a long time/for a short time.

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    :) It is a correct sentence then. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    :) It is a correct sentence then. Thanks
    I would not use your original sentence. The structure of it is a bit confusing. :wink:

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    #5
    "I came to Canada not long ago" makes sense without the "then" at the end. Mike's suggestion is a good one.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    "I came to Canada not long ago" makes sense without the "then" at the end. Mike's suggestion is a good one.

    :)
    :wink:

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    The dialogue is such that two people talked about Canada about Canada at a particular time in the past. And one told the other that he came to Canada not long ago at that particular time. So to substitute the ' at that particular time ' with ' then ' is not appropriate ?

    Thanks in advance

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    #8
    I'd definitely change the tense to the past perfect to show a distinction between the two times, but even then I'm not too happy with the use of 'then'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    The dialogue is such that two people talked about Canada about Canada at a particular time in the past. And one told the other that he came to Canada not long ago at that particular time. So to substitute the ' at that particular time ' with ' then ' is not appropriate ?

    Thanks in advance
    The problem is that "not long ago" refers to time backward from the present, not the past. It would be like saying, "I arrived yesterday then."

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    I see :)

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