I'm working on a text that includes the following phrase:
During the previous years he has been working...
Cannot pinpoint exactly which part of it, and why, but somehow it feels wrong to me.
Is there a more comfortable-sounding alternative?
Have thought of: "Over the past few years..." (but what if it's been, say, the last 10 years); "Over previous years..." (but he could no longer be doing it now); "During past years..." (again this possibility of 'once, but no longer'), "During the past few years..." (see the first example).
Any assistance would be appreciated.