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I have been studying English for over five years. But the process wasn't continuous.I often took a break for a few months.I don't know how to write the preceeding sentence so that it wouldn't sound unnatural.I have several options:

  1. I have been studying English for over five years, with a few months' break every now and then.

I have been studying English for over five years. But there often were breaks of several months.

I have been studying English for over five years. But I often took a break for a few months.

I have been studying English for over five years. But I often took a few months' break.

I think the third sentence is the best. Also I really would appreciate if you could suggest a better option.

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As a native English speaker they all sound OK to me. I don't think I would prefer one over any other. However you could possibly simplify it. How about

I have been studying English on and off for 5 years.
or
I have been studying English intermittently for 5 years.

If you don't like that, the sentences could be simplified to

I have been studying English for 5 years with frequent breaks of a few months.

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  • Thank you very much.That is exactly what I wanted.
    – oleg
    Mar 12, 2023 at 18:35

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