Questions about Past Perfect tense

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Felt + present/ past (back shifting )

A few months back I met a celebrity and seeing his glamour I felt that I have/had no past or future. Which is to be used, had or have ?
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had not vs did not - past perfect [closed]

I recently watched a YouTube tutorial which talks about right usage of past perfect tense. For negative sentences in past perfect, a simple rule to frame sentences is - Subject + hadn't + main verb ...
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Past Perfect with only one verb (action) in sentence

I was taught that: The past perfect is used to emphasize that an action was completed before another took place e.g.: I was very tired as I hadn't slept well for several days But there are ...
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present perfect vs past perfect usage [duplicate]

In indirect speech present perfect tense is back shifted to past perfect tense. For example - John said, "I have written a letter." (Direct speech) John said that he had written a letter. (Indirect ...
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Past perfect tense vs present perfect tense usage

David got a message telling him that he has/had won the prize. Here which is to be used ? Has or had ?
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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Past perfect and perfect continuous: a difference in meaning? [closed]

The pavement was wet, it had been raining. The pavement was wet, it had rained. What's the difference?
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Past perfect and simple perfect difference

This is an excerpt from a newspaper. In September 2014 the Delhi high court had restrained the institute from using words like...... Why are we using "had" here.. Can we use past indefinite?
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How do I distinguish simple past and past perfect with “should”?

One type of construction that has always bugged me is the distinction between should (past tense of shall), and its past perfect form. Assume a character, let's call him John: He lost the poker ...
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Reported speech: why is the past perfect the right answer here?

Please help me to find out the right answer. He said that they ______ each other for many years. a) know b) have known c) knew d) had known In the book I referred the right ...
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past perfect tense with when

"He had left the house when we arrived." I feel it is most certainly wrong, but I figured it's safer to ask the community here. To me it feels like it should be "He had already left the house ...
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Past Perfect Confusion

In a book these two forms are acceptable: Before a complete version of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women appeared in 1880, the book had been published in two separate volumes. AND ...
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Past Perfect vs. Present Perfect

I am a new member on this site. So please guide me somewhere else if I post anything incorrect. I have been working on these two sentence corrections that ask about Present Perfect, Past Perfect and ...
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What is the purposes of the past perfect tense in the paragraph?

A third coatless man wiped his bald head with a striped kerchief while he growled at them.     "Easy with it. Easy, I said! You motherless weasels knock a lens out of ...
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Which tense is (more) correct in this sentence, the present perfect or past simple?

The sentence is: "These investigations have seen several officials arrested." I'm not sure which tense I should use, the present perfect here seems more natural to me but I can't seem to find a rule ...
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The past perfect without a simple past time clause. “I had eaten the day before.”

While I was reading class material from a language school in Korea, I found a whole unit explaining use of the past perfect. However, none of the sentences used a time clause with the simple past to ...
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Using Once And Had Been For A Position A Person Was In

I want to express that if he does not do something he would lose his position he had been in but no longer is: "If you don't react, you will not regain the position you had been in once" (he ...
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Past Perfect And Present Perfect In One Sentence [duplicate]

==> Until more recently, Product XYZ had not been ready but Provider XYZ has made changes to the product a while ago that address the issue and markets are now embracing the product. Is this ...
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I'd been sent to kill him / I was sent to kill him. etc..?

When do I use had and when can I leave out had? or use was instead of had This is the context it was used in: With the Reds and the Germans knocking seven shades of shit each other back at Museum ...
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Sequence of tenses in reported speech [duplicate]

I've found it in a book and assume it's got to be correct, but I cannot understand why the Past Perfect of I had been offered. Would was offered not have been clearer? I explained that when I was in ...
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What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?

First a little history before I pose my question. Without this history my question may not fully make sense. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a stroke in 1995. After this stroke, Crown Prince Abdullah ...
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Haven't or hadn't [closed]

It's 1.Back to the old days when I haven't cut my bangs Or 2.Back to the old days when I hadn't cut my bangs
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Ca you use Past Perfect in combination with Present Tense?

Can you use Past Perfect with Present Tense? Example 1: The whole house is on fire. Her only child is taken by the flames of fire. Before this doomed night, for many weeks, Maria had had the ...
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Past and Present Perfect tenses in a sentence. Sequence of events

I have a question concerning Past and Present Perfect tenses/the sequence of events. "As my school project, I have written a 44-pages-long research paper in which I had analysed the risk behaviours ...
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Use didn't leave yet, or haven't left yet? Can we use ''YET'' in past tense or not? [closed]

My knowledge of English grammar is very basic. I learned English mostly from movies and a lot of times I choose a specific way to say something in English based on intuition or the feeling that it ...
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Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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Can I use “had” without dependent clause? [closed]

From the common English grammar lesson, the past perfect tense with had is usually followed by dependent clause. For example: He had studied English before he moved to New York. Now, if I want ...
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“Had not” vs. “have not”?

I'm a native English speaker and for some reason the following dialogue sounds wrong, but I don't know why: A: "I think this is a new episode!" B: "Yeah, I had not seen it before" I think B ...
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Present perfect or past perfect? [duplicate]

Since I have stopped working, I started to learn English at home. Since I had stopped working,I started learning English at home. Are both questions having the same meaning in this context?
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Use of past perfect tense

We normally use past simple tense to talk about the past and past perfect tense to talk about the past in the past, i.e. to talk about some event that that happened before some other event. I often ...
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Odd British pluperfect subjunctive construction?

I read this sentence in the Guardian today, and I couldn't figure out if it was an error or a regionalism. (I did, however, figure out that I don't know my grammar too well!) [the mid-18th ...
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Verb tense in short flashbacks

I am writing a short story (approx. 650 words) in the past tense, and one paragraph of this story (100-125 words) is written as a flashback. I originally planned to write the entire flashback ...
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Past tense progression [duplicate]

My mother was raised in a family that had placed extreme importance on filial piety. Is had superfluous, wrong, or correct? I can see arguments in both directions: Perfect past (raised) ...
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He has been banned or He is banned [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is difference between these both? She has been banned and She is banned
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How to list down actions that are done in the past and are still being done in the present?

Which is more correct? "I have conquered sleepless nights, have studied various topics, have participated in extra-curricular activities, and have juggled my time for school and home duties" ...
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“Had been planning” or “were planning” What is the difference? [duplicate]

We_________(had been planning /were planning) to felicitate John at our annual cultural fest when the news of his death______(had arrived /arrived). Can someone tell me which one to use and ...
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Past Simple vs Present Perfect?

We _ Harold for three years before he died. a) knew. b) have known. Which answer should I use in my exam question? I have doubts, as I want to choose a, but a friend of mine advises me to choose ...
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Past tense usage in a formal email [duplicate]

During the period between January and today, I have added many changes to my resume that i want to make an employer noticed of. I doubt between 'have done' and 'had done'. " I would like to inform ...
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Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?

Can "would rather" be followed with a past perfect? Can it be used to express a regret, a wish the past had been different? Example taken from First Certificate Language Practice by Michael Vince, ...
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Use of Past Simple vs Past perfect in sentences with since

Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she left London. Is the above sentence OK or do I have to write Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she had left London. ...
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Grammar: Had been + vb or has been + vb [duplicate]

Should I use '' I had been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' or ''I have been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' I never know when to use ...
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Using “heretofore” in the past perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use "heretofore" in the past perfect? ...the king's power, which had heretofore been absolute. The meaning of "heretofore" is "before now", but would it still work ...
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simple past vs past perfect

I'm studying English and I want to ask about a sentence from my book: For myself I kept a solitary piece of china, one of the few remaining plates from the set my grandfather bought my mother for ...
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Past Perfect vs. Simple Past Usage

I've been brushing up on the past perfect tense recently, and after reading the following sentence on a website, I feel like it's missing a key element: "Many progressives, who thought well of ...
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Past Perfect or Simple past?

* "I don't like this," I said. She hadn't heard me. * Can the "hadn't heard" be replaced with "didn't hear"?
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What should be the right tense in this sentence?

I read this sentence in a book recently: What I should have done is given him the... (Emphasis mine) I'm not a linguist but I thought it should be: What I should have done is ...
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“Didn't want to do X until Y happened” vs. “hadn't wanted to do X until Y happened”

Which answer is correct? Tony _______to have children until his little daughter was born. After she won his heart, he decided he wanted a big family. A. didn't want. B. hadn't wanted. ...
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Past perfect of “have”? [closed]

What is the past perfect of "have"? Is it "have", "had", or "had had"? And if it is "had had", doesn't it sound weird and awkward? when and how do I use it? Thanks.
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Past Perfect - Right or Wrong?

I am in an English course, in Cambridge School, in Lisbon, Portugal, and I am learning Past Perfect. I am also in a Pastry course, and today we had our first English lesson. The teacher wrote some ...
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What does 'had been long settled' mean?

The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex. (My question) What does 'had been long settled' mean? Here my ideas.