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Message de hiba posté le 18-02-2010 à 16:02:21 (S | E | F)
would you tell me please if the use of the past is correct with "for+period"
example: she stayed abroad for 2 years
OR : she has stayed abroad for 2 years
OR : she had stayed abroad for 2 years
would you explain me the correct form please
Réponse: For+period de headway, postée le 18-02-2010 à 16:08:09 (S | E)
I'd say that when time is important, you have to use the simple past.
So I go with : "She stayed abroad for two years".
Réponse: For+period de fred34000, postée le 18-02-2010 à 16:51:04 (S | E)
Depending on the context you might be able to use several different past tenses, however the rule with for (as opposed to since) is that you must use a duration of time with for (eg. for 5 years) where you must use a specific date with since (since 1942, since May, since last spring).
Try and do a site search for for / since and practice – practice makes perfect.
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