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    I have a doubt.

    Can you correct this sentence for me?
    - She really liked that sort of music he was listening to and usually she didn't care how loud or how long he played it (he has been playing it/he had been playing it).

    In my essay I wrote the sentence by choosing the first one, the simple past, but I was wondering if I could have chose the second one, the present perfect continuos, or the third one, the past perfect continuos, obviously without changing the meaning of the entire sentence.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Re: I have a doubt.

    Hi dilodi83

    It's a good sentence: The pattern, as you know, is usually + present tense:

    She really liked that sort of music he was listening to and usually she didn't care how loud or how long ______.

    a) he played it
    b) he has been playing it
    c) he had been playing it


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    Re: I have a doubt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi dilodi83

    It's a good sentence: The pattern, as you know, is usually + present tense:

    She really liked that sort of music he was listening to and usually she didn't care how loud or how long ______.

    a) he played it
    b) he has been playing it
    c) he had been playing it

    Thank you!! But are the other ones completely wrong?
    Thanks again.


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    Re: I have a doubt.

    She really liked the sort of music he was listening to and usually she didn't care how loud or how long he played it.

    You start in the past tense - "liked" and so the tenses will be in the past. ' how long' then covers it all -'has been playing/had been playing - it's played!

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