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Are there any differences in meaning between these

Unemployed for so long, he had lost all hope
Having been unemployed for so long he had lost all hope

I think because of so long they are both equivalent

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  • It would be preferable if you were to complete both sentences, so as to provide more context for the readers and ensure that we answer correctly. – TechnoCat Feb 2 '20 at 9:27
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    You are correct; they are semantically equivalent (i.e. they mean the same). However, there is definitely as aesthetic difference: the first is much more pleasing to the ear (and to the eye). A good writer would always choose the former. – TechnoCat Feb 2 '20 at 9:43
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You are correct; the following two sentences are semantically equivalent (i.e. they mean the same).

Unemployed for so long, he had lost all hope.

Having been unemployed for so long he had lost all hope

However, there is definitely as aesthetic difference: the first is much more pleasing to the ear (and to the eye). A good writer would always choose the former

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