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Are there any differences in meaning between the two sentences?

  1. We hadn't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes.
  2. We haven't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes.
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closed as unclear what you're asking by Kris, Benyamin Hamidekhoo, RegDwigнt Nov 17 '13 at 14:39

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(1) This question presumes that only one of them can be grammatical. This is false, since they're both fine. – John Lawler Apr 10 '13 at 16:38
Why do you think either would be incorrect? They have different meanings, but they are both perfectly ordinary idiomatic English. – Colin Fine Apr 10 '13 at 16:39
(2) This question gives no context or purpose for a sentence. Sentences cannot be judged outside of a context. – John Lawler Apr 10 '13 at 16:39
#1 is odd and I don't see how it's correct. No matter how I try, I can't even crowbar it into a usable scenario. IMO, only #2 is correct. (John or Colin - how would #1 possibly be used?) – Kristina Lopez Apr 10 '13 at 18:06
This question appears to be off-topic because it is for ELL to deal with this. – Kris Nov 17 '13 at 8:48
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Both sentences are grammatically correct. The difference is that hadn't is is in the past tense while haven't is in the present tense.

EDIT (due to your edit)

In context, haven't is the grammatically correct sentence. Hadn't would not make sense as the order of events ought to be preserved.

Nevertheless, hadn't would make sense if something happened between the two events and the point at which they had yet to leave were mentioned by the other individual(s) in the conversation.

For example:

We hadn't left yet when you called earlier. We'll be there in ten minutes.

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Great explanation! Thank you :) – user42202 Apr 10 '13 at 17:40

As we were leaving the restaurant the waiter called out, "Sir, you haven't paid your bill yet". Just then it occurred to me I hadn't been to the bank. HAVEN'T present tense, HADN'T past tense.

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