I want to tell my friend that when going to office, I was travelling by bus till now but now I'll travel by car. Is the following sentence grammatical correct? If yes, is it natural? And should I use comma after till now?

Till now, I was travelling by bus. From now on, I will travel by car.

I think sentence is not correct because normally I haven't seen usage of past continuous with till now. Another possibility is

Till now, I have been travelling by bus. From now on, I will travel by car.

Are both of above correct? Thank you.

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    I find the second much more natural. Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 17:03
  • @Kate Bunting Ok. However, is there any grammatical mistake in first one?
    – ramanujan
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 17:05
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    It's usual to use the present perfect (I have been [verb]ing) when the activity has continued until now. Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 17:14
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    Nobody normally says Until now, I was thinking [something I no longer think] - we say Until now, I thought the moon was made of green cheese, but you have persuaded me to change my mind. I don't see why the continuous form is any more suitable with how I travelled than with what I thought. So I'd go with Till now, I travelled by bus. Which definitely works better for further back in the past: Until this year, I walked to work (probably not ...I had been walking or any other complex verb form). Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 18:41

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I believe that they both can be said: it is up to the writer's preference...

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