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  1. user_786
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    help with grammer

    Hi all,

    I have a question .

    What is the correct English grammer if i have to say something like this:

    I have been working + before this/that thing was done +

    Basically, this is to say that i have been working before (since) the time of happening of something.

    Please help me to correct and establish english sentence with correct grammer to say something as above.


    Thanks
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    Re: help with grammer

    I have been working + before this/that thing was done +

    Basically, this is to say that i have been working before (since) the time of happening of something.


    Are we talking about 'working' in the sense of your job, your employment?

    Or 'working' in the sense of working in the garden, cleaning your house, AND you are still engaged in the activity?


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    #3

    Re: help with grammer

    Hello

    Thanks for your reply

    I have used 'working' just for an example - any verb in place of 'working' will be ok.

    awaiting your response

    Thanks
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    Re: help with grammer

    Not quite that simple.

    I was working here before he was.

    I had been working there long before they decided to do that.

    You can't use the Past Perfect Continuous to compare your current action with when some past event began.


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    Re: help with grammer

    Thanks for your reply.

    With your example here:

    I had been working there long before they decided to do that.

    Could you also use 'I have been' instead of 'I had been' in such a case?

    Is it neccassary to add word 'long' ?

    Awaiting clarifications

    Thanks

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    Re: help with grammer

    I had been working there long before they decided to do that.

    Could you also use 'I have been' instead of 'I had been' in such a case?
    No, you must used the past perfect because you are referring to the 'past (you working) within the past (they decided..)'.

    You can say 'shortly before' or 'long before' if you like.

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    Re: help with grammer

    But if you use 'had been' not 'have been' .... would this not mean in the example:

    "I had been working there long before they decided to do that."

    that work was started and was done only until 'they decided to do that' ?

    Actually, the word was started , they decided to do that, and still continue even now. ....this is how it is meant to be.

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    Re: help with grammer

    Quote Originally Posted by user_786 View Post
    But if you use 'had been' not 'have been' .... would this not mean in the example:

    "I had been working there long before they decided to do that."

    that work was started and was done only until 'they decided to do that' ?

    Actually, the word was started , they decided to do that, and still continue even now. ....this is how it is meant to be.

    user_786
    Simply, no, it doesn't imply that the work has stopped, but nor does it imply you're still there.
    1. "I had already been working there long before they decided to do that."
    2. "I was already working there when they decided to do that". (Same problem)
    3. "I have been working here since long before they decided to do that". This seems the only way to say all you want to without using more adverbs or more phrases of clarification (which would probably be better).

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