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soleiljy

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Please see the following dialog.

A: I'd like to know more about you.
B: (1) I worked in the insurace industry for over ten years.
(2) I have been working in the insurance industry for over then years.
(3) I've worked in the insurance industry for over ten years.

Here's my questions.
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1. I think three anwers could be in the above context. Right?
2. IMBO, (1) sounds like B are not working in the insurance industry and (2) sounds like B are working in the insurance industry. Right?
3. Actually, (3) is a little bit treaky to me. I guess (3) could be both. That is,
(3.1) I've worked in the insurance industry for oever ten years, but not now.
(3.2) I've worked in the insurance industry for oever ten years, and I'm currently working now.

What do you think?
 

frvianna

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Soleiljy,

As a matter of fact,
1. is right if B's action (work in the insurance industry) begun in the past and finished in the past as well;
2. is right if B's action begun in the past and still continues in the present; and
3. is right if B's action begun in the past and finished in or by the present.

Differences between 2. and 3. are subtle, but they exist, indeed.
 

soleiljy

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???

Soleiljy,

As a matter of fact,
1. is right if B's action (work in the insurance industry) begun in the past and finished in the past as well;
2. is right if B's action begun in the past and still continues in the present; and
3. is right if B's action begun in the past and finished in or by the present.

Differences between 2. and 3. are subtle, but they exist, indeed.
 
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