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I am trying to describe a working state in a period of time.

A few years ago, I was running my own business. At that time, I was working 15 hours a day for around 10 months.

... I had been working 18 hour long days over a period of around 10 month.

... I had worked 18 hours a day for about 10 months.

Are those all grammatically correct? Which one is better?

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The first one isn't quite right. "18 hour long days" doesn't sound right. The idiomatic thing to say is "18 hour days".

So this sentence should be: "I had been working 18 hour days over a period of around 10 months"

The last one is fine. (For some reason, it sounds slightly odd to me, because "18 hours a day" is extreme, yet "about 10 months" sounds so...casual. I think in practice people would say something like "I had worked 18 hours a day for 10 months straight" or "over 10 months" or something more emphatic.)

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  • At that time I was working about 15 hours a day and it lasted about 10 months without using pas perfect. Does this solution work or not – user5577 May 20 '20 at 16:52
  • Yes. I'd say "that lasted about 10 months" though. – Steve Bennett May 20 '20 at 21:44
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A few years ago, I was running my own business. At that time, I was working for 15 hours a day for about 10 months. (This is what you may hear someone say.)

I had been working for 18 hours a day over a period of around 10 months (Grammatically correct and sounds better)

I had worked 18 hours a day for about 10 months. (Grammatically correct but the use of "been" is better)

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