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Let's say that my study of English language took 10 years, and it's been 3 years since I stopped learning English (I started learning English 13 years ago, and stopped 3 years ago). How can I say it? I wanted to use 'Present Perfect', but when I said:
  • I have studied English for 10 years.
It seems to me that it can be understood as if I'm learning it now, or I've just finished learning it. But I stopped learning it 3 years ago, not now.

How can I say this making no connection with the present? I just want a listener to understand that it took 10 years, and it's in the past. I started learning it in the past, and I finished learning in the past, not now.
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