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I can't figure out which of the two words are correct...

  • The years had laid the foundation of my achieved knowledge.
  • The years has laid the foundation of my achieved knowledge.

With the correct sentence I want to explain that the years (of my education) are the root of my knowledge I'm having today. Hope you understand that?!

Best regards, John.

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*The years has laid can't possibly be correct. Have laid is plural, like years. Get that straight before attempting to locate other uses. –  John Lawler Apr 23 '13 at 20:54
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I think this type of question would be better asked on English Language Learners. At ELU level, it really is just General Reference. –  FumbleFingers Apr 23 '13 at 21:06
    
@John Lawler: sounds clear to me. google translation have just suggested that and I was not sure anymore... thanks. –  John Brunner Apr 23 '13 at 21:27

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Both these are correct (except for the "has" mistake) but are used in different contexts.

"The years have laid..." This is used when talking in present tense. For example, "The years working at your company have given me a great deal of experience but it is time for me to move on to better opportunities."

"The years had laid..." This is used when talking in the past. For example, "The years working at that company had given me a great deal of experience, but it was time for me to move on to better opportunities."

Hope this helps.

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great explanation. thanks –  John Brunner Apr 24 '13 at 12:05

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