Let's say I lived in the US two years ago and I want to mention the fact that I have the experience of living there without mentioning when I did it. Do I say I lived in the US or I've lived in the US? For example:

Person A: I'm going to the US next summer.

Person B: Wow! You'll have quite the experience. I lived there./I've lived there.

If both are possible in the context, what is the difference in meaning?

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You probably wouldn't say "I lived there" unless it was as part of a longer sentence, such as "I lived there for several years".

"I've lived there" also sounds a bit odd here without further context.

By far the most likely and idiomatic wording would be "I used to live there".

  • Thank you for the answer! What about if I lived there for a short period of time, would "I've lived there" work? Or would it be better to say "I've lived there for some time" or "I lived there for some time"? Sep 20, 2020 at 21:53
  • It would be better to say "I lived there for a while" or "I lived there for a short time".
    – rjpond
    Sep 20, 2020 at 21:56

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