English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In the following sentence,

That task was not added to the TODO document because at that time it had not yet been added to the main document.

What I mean here is that back then, during the TODO document outline, one task was missing but was added in the meantime.

  1. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
  2. Is this past perfect usage correct or given the idea that is being conveyed a more suitable tense would be advisable?
share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted
  1. Yes, it's completely correct.
  2. Past perfect is the past in the past.
share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.