have lived /lived

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Will17

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Hello!

Are the following sentences interchangeable?:

-I've lived in Italy for 5 years (I've got the experience of having lived there)
-I lived in Italy for 5 years

Thanks!

W
 

MashUK

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Hello!

Are the following sentences interchangeable?:

-I've lived in Italy for 5 years (I've got the experience of having lived there)
-I lived in Italy for 5 years

Thanks!

W
Hi,
If you use Present Perfect (sent.1) you include the moment of speaking, i.d. you still live in Italy.
As for sent.2 you refer to it as a past action, like you used to live in Italy some time in the past but now you don't.

All the best,
Maria
 
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