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Which sentence is correct, or, at least, the one that sounds natural?

  1. They’d been going out for 2 months when they decided to end it.
  2. It'd been 2 months since they started going out and decided to end it.
  3. They went out for 2 months but decided to end it.
  4. They were going out for 2 months when they decided to end it.

Is there any grammar mistake in the question itself, or even in this sentence?

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    #2 is the most strange -- has it been two months since they started going out, or two months since they decided to end it??
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 10, 2022 at 2:39

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Sentences 1, 3 and 4 sound natural enough for any speaker. Number one is a bit more elaborate and I think best. Number two makes it sound as if they decided two months ago to end it just as they started going out which it turns out was a good idea.

It'd been 2 months since they started going out and also decided to end it.

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