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Future Simple and Future Perfect

I've read the question about Future Simple and Future Perfect, but I still can't understand the exact usage of these two tenses. Is there any diffrence between the following? I will do my homework ...
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What is the difference between “being” and “having been” in this context?

Being a teacher, she likes children. AND Having been a teacher, she likes children. What is the difference between these two?
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“I had not noticed.” but “I did not know.”

Did you hear that the engine produced some sounds? No, I had not noticed. And also other verbs: I did not know. I did not see. I had not heard. With some verbs it is common to use ...
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Is the present perfect ok in “We have seen them in 2011”?

Please look at the following emphasized sentence taken from the news Curfew without end. Neither of these — the government’s curfew and restrictions, or the protest programmes of the secessionist ...
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Using perfect constructions after “since”

From OneRepublic's song "Feel again": It's been a long time coming since I've seen your face From Kelly Clarkson's song "Since U Been Gone": Here's the thing we started out friends It was ...
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“Was in labour for 3 hours” versus “had been in labour for 3 hours”

As a continuation to this question and AlicjaZ's beautifully explained answer, I would like to ask whether there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? She was in labour for ...
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past simple or past perfect why

Please take a look at the sleeve notes of the revolving paint dreams lp "off to heaven"creation lp a great record by the way. The last story I heard that Alan Mc Gee (boss label) had tried to ...
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“We have broken this rule for 2 years.”

We have broken this rule for 2 years. Can I use the verb to break in a Present Perfect with a time period adverbial, like I use to stand in the sentence "This tree has stood here for many years."
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Past simple or past perfect in this case

Look at this sentence from an exercise "choose the correct form" I did not know about it. Nobody (told/had told) me about what had happened I choose 'told' and the correct answer was 'had told' ...
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Can Present Perfect with a time period tell about an action that stopped in the past

I spent 20 years in the software industry where... As I was taught, it implies that the talker doesn't work in this software industry now. Otherwise he would have said "I have spent 20 years..." My ...