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    taking its toll

    Working in the same place for 8 years is taking its toll.

    Is it fine, please?
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    Re: taking its toll

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Working in the same place for 8 years is taking its toll.

    Is it fine, please?
    thanks
    It's not bad. Spell out eight.

    You could also say: "...has taken its toll." Since eight years ago is the past, the present-tense is is a little bit sloppy. "Has taken" connects the past (eight years ago) to the present. (This is the present perfect tense.)

    It depends on your exact meaning. You could also say: "Working in the same place for eight years takes its toll." That would mean that working for eight years anywhere always takes a toll.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: taking its toll

    I'm not a professional teacher, but my instinctive reaction was much the same as Charlie's. My preference would be for "has taken its toll". A quick google shows almost identical results for both constructions, c. 420K ghits for "has taken its toll" and 440K ghits for "is taking its toll". Of course, google is not an official corpus, but these results do show that both constructions are common.

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    Re: taking its toll

    To my foreigner's ears, the ''ING'' form sounds better but it's surely because I'm trying to speak English the way I speak my native tongue.

    I've found many entries for "is taking its toll" on Coca though, and I was wondering if it's more common in the UK or Canada.

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    Re: taking its toll

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    To my foreigner's ears, the ''ING'' form sounds better but it's surely because I'm trying to speak English the way I speak my native tongue.

    I've found many entries for "is taking its toll" on Coca though, and I was wondering if it's more common in the UK or Canada.

    Thanks.
    I would further add that without reference to time, "working here is taking its toll" sounds very natural. One way to investigate usage variations in different variants of English is do a google search by domain, ".uk", "ca", ".nz", ".in", etc. It's crude and rough, but can provide some indications of frequency.

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    Re: taking its toll

    now I see what you mean: the problem is the reference to a time, right?
    but, is any reference to time inappropriate?
    if I said "working here for so long is taking its toll" was it equally odd?
    thanks.

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