had been living or had lived

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bosun

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korean
In the following sentence, which form is correct?

I would have gotten to class earlier if I had lived near the school or

I would have gotten to class earlier if I had been living near the school.
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Honestly, I wouldn't use either one of them unless there's some context that I'm not aware of. If the teacher asked me why I was late, I would simply say:

    "I would have gotten to class earlier if I lived near the school"

    In any event, the use of "had" means that both of these events are long past. If I were no longer going to school and was telling a story about something that happened while I was in school, I would say:

    "I would have gotten to class earlier if I had lived near the school."
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Both seem fine to me, except that in BrE we'd say "got" instead of "gotten".
     

    gasman

    Senior Member
    Canada, English
    I suspect that most speaking BE would have have said "I would have been in class earlier today if I lived near the the school." At least I would hope so!
     
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