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Past tense or past perfect? Which is correct, "I had lived in this town with my father for 10 years when I was 20 years old." or "I lived in this town with my father for 10 years when I was 20 years old."? Thanks!
Jul 2, 2015 2:21 PM
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The first is the more correct of the two, although we would probably say 'By the time I was 20 years old, I had lived (or been living) with my father in this town for 10 years'. The second sentence describes an impossibility, unless you are some kind of strange time-traveller. The period 'when I was 20 years old' lasted for exactly twelve months. So you could say, for example: "I lived in this town with my father for ten months when I was 20 years old." This means that I lived in this town for ten of the twelve months of that particular year. But as '10 years' is a lot longer than one year, there is no possible way that you can do something for 10 years during a one-year period! Time just doesn't work that way...
July 2, 2015
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