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Is this correct grammar? “Last year my wife and I clocked up twenty years here in this town”

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  • It perhaps depends on what the verb "clock up" means. Did you not "clock-up twenty years" over a period of twenty years? How could you clock-up twenty years, during the course of last year? I don't think I would use "clock-up" here. Perhaps I'd say "Last year we completed twenty years in this town". – WS2 Jun 14 '18 at 7:29
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"Last year my wife and I realised we had clocked up twenty years here in this town."

"By last year my wife and I had clocked up twenty years here in this town."

"Last year my wife and I celebrated clocking up twenty years here in this town."

Clocking up is the process of accumulating the time, so we should avoid implying it all happened in one year.

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