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I happened to have been working for this company for 11 years.

I happen to have been working for this company for 11 years.

I think the second option is more logical as it's about the present, isn't it? But nevertheless I saw the first option in a textbook and it might be a mistake (as there were others).

I happen to have been or I happened to have been?

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  • It is just a matter of tense(s).
    – Ram Pillai
    Sep 1, 2020 at 0:41
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    Logic is a very poor guide to resolve questions of language.
    – Colin Fine
    Sep 2, 2020 at 21:14

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As @Ram Pillai said in a comment above - it's simply a different verb tense.

I happened to have been working for this company for 11 years.

means "At the time I am speaking of, I happened to have been working..." - this is the past progressive tense.

I happen to have been working for this company for 11 years.

means "As of right now, I happen to have been working..." - this is the present progressive tense.

In the first case, it is possible that the speaker does not currently work for the company. In the second case, it is not.

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