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Which sentence is correct: I had some practical experience with cooking for over a year. or I have had some practical experience with cooking for over a year. **or ..your opinion Probably the question is regarding cooking: do I continue to cook or not? Let us say that I continue to cook, in the present.

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Both of

  • I had some practical experience with cooking for over a year.
  • I have had some practical experience with cooking for over a year.

are grammatically correct, and their meaning is not very different. I think the first form (using the simple past) suggests that the experience was some time past and has not continued, but this is not clear cut in the absence of additional context. Either might be used in the case where the experience is continuing.

The sentence could be rephrased to:

I have had more than a year of practical experience with cooking.

But that, by omitting "some" is a stronger statement. Another possible version would be:

  • I have had some practical experience with cooking during a period of over a year.

That clarifies that the experience lasted for more than a year, as opposed to being gained more than a year ago.

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