For the past several days, I was unable to get access to the internet.

Should I use past tense or past perfect continuous tense if at the time of writing, the internet access problem has already been resolved?

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    Is your question about the past tense versus the present perfect tense? If not, please show the alternative that you are inquiring about. – Jeff Morrow Jun 29 '20 at 19:14

In these two sentences

I was unable to get access to the internet for several days.
I have been unable to get access to the internet for several days.

the first means the problem was resolved, the second means you still cannot connect,
and in the next two phrases, the first (that you used) can be simplified to the second

unable to get access to the internet
unable to access the internet

  • The drive-by downvoter strikes again. The up/down voting cues say "is / is not useful". So I suppose this isn't useful. – Weather Vane Jun 29 '20 at 19:37
  • I dislike the drive-by downvoter, who seems to have a great aversion to me. Your answer looks fine to me. Hesto presto the negative disappears. – Jeff Morrow Jun 30 '20 at 19:27
  • @JeffMorrow thanks, perhaps it was because of my aversion to mentioning tenses, as asked. – Weather Vane Jun 30 '20 at 19:31
  • Well the question as asked made very little sense: of what relevance is the past perfect continuous tense? – Jeff Morrow Jun 30 '20 at 19:45

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