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1 She lived in NY for two years since she divorced. (WRONG)
2 She lived in NY for two years after she divorced. (CORRECT)
3 She had lived in NY for two years since she divorced. (CORRECT)

I think that 1 is wrong because of "since". Do you agree?
2 and 3 are correct.
What's the difference between 2 and 3 (yet both are correct)?

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Do you think this is correct?


He was president for three years, since he beat his opponents.

Jim, if you have the time, will you answer this one.

You approved of this:

She had lived in NY for two years since she divorced.

But you disapproved of this:

He composed music for 10 years since he was ten.


However, they have the same pattern. What’s the rub?

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TicceHowever, they have the same pattern. What’s the rub?

After examining so many examples which all look almost exactly alike, I sometimes lose track of what you're even asking. In one post a given example might look good, then, on another day, in a different post, a very similar example might look terrible. And then the question you're asking might seem a little different to me, too, so I'm not always sure exactly what you want to know about these examples, and I'm not sure why I approved any given example — or didn't — when asked about it days later, which seems like years to me because I've answered about 80 other posts on this forum since I last took a look at your question and barely remember it.

When this happens a little too often, your best bet is to start a new thread and hope someone else answers it. Emotion: smile

Ticce

You approved of this:

She had lived in NY for two years since she divorced.

But you disapproved of this:

He composed music for 10 years since he was ten.

The problem with the second one, in my opinion, is the way the situation is expressed. I'd prefer something more like the following:

At the age of 20 he had already been composing music for 10 years.

In the first one, the fact of the divorce actually adds some interesting information to the situation. It's not just doing math — 10 years since he was 10.

But even in the first one, I think it sounds better in the simple past and with 'after' and with the divorce mentioned at the beginning:

After she divorced, she lived in New York for two years.

So today I don't much like either example even though they're not wrong in terms of grammar. Emotion: sad

Oops. Now I've changed my opinion again. Emotion: surprise

CJ