English as a Second Language/have worked



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I have a question: What is the difference between a) and b)? Are they the same? Do they mean that the speaker is still working?

a) I have worked as an English teacher.

b) I have worked as an English teacher for two years.

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Hi Hame,

a) is incomplete ...when you use the Present Perfect tense, most times you need to add an "unspecific time expression" like so far, before, once, many times, etc.

b) is a typical Present Perfect Tense type of sentence. In cases like this, the verb tense shows something that started in the past and has continued up until now:

I have worked as a teacher for two years.

Mary has lived in Los Angeles for three months.

I have loved ice cream since I was a little girl.

So, to answer your question, option b) means that the speaker is still working as an English teacher. Option a) - the sentence is incomplete.

I hope this helps.



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