What verb tense must I use in the following sentences? I'm describing my work experience in casual speech.

  1. I had been working at Apple for five years. [I imply that I worked there in the past]
  2. I've worked at Google for four years. [I imply that I've worked there till now]
  3. Now I'm unemployed and looking for a job at McDonald's.

Are these three sentences correct? Maybe in the first one I must use the past simple tense?

  • Goolge? 1. is possible if you continue the sentence "I had been working at Apple for five years when Microsoft offered me a position I couldn't refuse" 2. Is OK but I would understand it to mean you are currently working there and 3. is fine. I'm not 100% convinced with the preposition "at" in 1. and 2. – Mari-Lou A Apr 22 '14 at 7:52
  • @Mari-LouA Thanks! I've google it and i've found at least 2 different option. And thanks for the prepositions.So, how to say what I imply in the best way? 1. I worked in Apple for 5 years. 2. ??? 3.Ok). – B_Dmx Apr 22 '14 at 8:22
  • First, you need to correct the spelling of Goolge and tences in your title. Second, in casual speech they are all perfectly fine, but for 1. It's probably best to use the past simple tense. – Mari-Lou A Apr 22 '14 at 8:32

I'd say,

I worked at apple for five years. This implies that you worked there and you no longer work there. You can expand it a bit more to be more precise. I worked at apple for five years from 2001 to 2005.

If you are still employed there, then it is better to use the perfect form, because there's a connection between your past work experience and what you are currently doing. So the second sentence is correct.

The past perfect can only be used when you want to talk about two things that happened in the past but you want to say that one of the actions/things happened before the other one. In this case that doesn't seem like the case. So, it's better to avoid the first example.

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