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robjen
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 3:20:54 AM
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I am going to make up two sentences below.

(1) By that time, you had already worked there for six years.

(2) By four or five years ago, you had already worked there for over ten years.

Do my sentences make sense? Thanks a lot.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:28:07 AM

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robjen wrote:
I am going to make up two sentences below.

(1) By that time, you had already worked there for six years.
This first one would be the one most commonly said. Context would make it clear what "that time" refers to. For example, if the person lost their job, or was involved in an accident, then "By that time" would refer to that occurrence. Another way to say it would be, "By the time that happened..."

(2) By four or five years ago, you had already worked there for over ten years.
This one would not likely be said. It would likely confuse your listener because of the double use of "years".

Do my sentences make sense? Thanks a lot.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:37:59 PM

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Hi robjen.

I think in British English (or at least the English I speak) I would use the not-very-common phrase "As of five years ago, you had been working there ten years."

I think that 'by' means the same, but as FounDit says "it is not likely to be said".

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