Questions about Past Perfect tense

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Past perfect sentence construction

This is an example sentence demonstrating the usage of past perfect: I checked with the supplier and they still hadn't received the contract. In this case the timeline rule works out as it ...
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Past perfect or past simple in combination with present perfect?

Suppose I received a document from my colleague, studied it and then gave him feedback in a letter. How should I construct the following sentense? I have examined the document you gave me and... ...
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Present perfect or simple past in combination with past perfect?

I am grading student assignments and I ran into some unforeseen complications: Children have been suffering from post-traumatic stress and depression, more than six months after the city had been ...
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When not to use past perfect?

In a recent question: Past perfect or past simple in combination with present perfect? the asker presented three options. I have examined the document you gave me and... I have examined the ...
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past perfect tense with the conjunction “and”

Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the lease and so began the first... OR Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the ...
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence even though sequence is indicated

A group of environmentalists helped direct several small sharks that had lost their way after they had swum through polluted waters to migrate South. Swimming comes before losing the way, yet both ...
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How to write past perfect forms of two verbs in one sentence

(1) Alex had quit his job and started a company before he won the lottery. (2) Alex had quit his job and had started a company before he won the lottery. I want to indicate that the act of ...
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Past perfect in the specific sentence

I am not sure about using the past tenses here: Yesterday I saw my friend who had just finished the university and wanted to go out. Is that correct? I am not sure about the past perfect but ...
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Past perfect tense in this example

For the following example: I had seen many beautiful shops in UK, when I was walking down the street years ago. I'm not sure if the phrase "years ago" at the end of this sentence is correct. ...
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Verb Forms and Their Usage

What is meant by "present perfect", "past perfect", and "future perfect" verbs? How can I identify them or know which is which?
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‘He decided’ vs. ‘He had decided’

He decided that I could have the apartment before he looked at my credit report. I found that sentence in an exercise, and I wonder why it isn't: He had decided that I could have the ...
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“He told me that he [has/had] got temporary residence of England”

Telling a friend about another friend, Yesterday I met John. He told me that he has/had got temporary residence of England. Which one is fine here, has or had?
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“It took a year until she got/had got/had gotten over it”

I am trying to figure out the correct use of perfect (past perfect) tenses: It took a year until she got over it. It took a year until she had got/gotten over it. Are both correct? If ...
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Quirks and limitations of Past Perfect

I know that English has two past tenses, when the second past (Pluperfect) is farther back in time then the other (Simple Past). Reading stories in English, I've discovered that many stories are ...
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Should “How long were you at work?” have a simple or a compound tense?

I would like to know, if the following sentence can ever be correct in any context? How long were you at work? Or it must be: How long had you been at work? For example: How long were ...
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Present and past perfect dilemma

This sentence is giving me trouble: For several days I (have/had) not had the chance to see her until a few hours ago. I think had is correct because the time reference is a few hours ago, ...
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Simple Past or Past Perfect

If I went to a place last night where I needed to show an id, but I forgot to have it on me. So if in the morning I was speaking to a friend(reporting on what happened), which one of the following ...
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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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Past vs. perfect in present-tense narrative

When telling a story using the present tense, should events at a specific time in the past be recounted in the past perfect or in the past tense? For example: I know to writeJack entered the room and ...
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“present perfect” because “simple past”

Is this grammatically correct? The teacher has sent several students home because they cheated on the quiz. Or does it have to be like this? The teacher has sent several students home ...
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Is it possible to use 'last … ' or any past simple adverbs with the past perfect?

To illustrate what I mean, I give the following example: I had drifted off to sleep last night.
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Past vs Past Perfect

While writing a paper for my English class, I couldn't decided whether past or past perfect tense was needed. It's basically about how a guy whose house is destroyed because the government wants to ...
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“At this time yesterday, I had gone” vs. “by this time yesterday, I had gone”

At this time yesterday, I was going to work. [Past Continuous] I am very sure that the above sentence is 100% correct. (Reference: http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastcontinuous.html.) But I ...
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“We had entered” vs “we entered” [closed]

I am not sure whether we can use two different instances of had in the following sentence: When we had entered the ground, the circus had already begun. According to my understanding, it ...
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How to understand perfect tense? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? I have a difficult time to understand perfect tense. I don't see the different for the following two ...
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Past simple vs. past perfect

Here is an exercise from Intermediate Language Practice by Michael Vince: (Please note that I have replaced all the blanks in the exercise with the answers given in the answer key.) Put each verb ...
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“Were gone” vs. “had gone” [closed]

Whats the difference between: She were gone to party. She had gone to party. Are they both ok?
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Is past perfect appropriate here?

Is this sentence correct? We had published the OpenCCU source code at the beginning of 2002. At first we had uploaded source code on Sourceforge and immediately began receiving thanks and wishlist ...
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What does “Compound Tense” mean? [closed]

I have problems with learning about "Compound Tenses". Please help me.
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“Had been engaged when they married” vs. “were married” vs. “had married”

Which of the sentences below are grammatically correct? The couple had been engaged for five years when they married. The couple had been engaged for five years when they were married. The ...
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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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“I (had) hated her for long before we split” — Simple Past or Past Perfect?

I'm not certain whether using 'had hated' here is totally correct or not. And if it is not, please explain why.
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Using Past Perfect after an event

While reading a book, I came across some sentences that used past-perfect "after" an event had taken place. Actually, I've seen many books do this, so this must be the grammatically correct way, but ...
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Does “had have been” exist?

Does "had have been" exist and what tense is it? I had have seen her
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“Had spent” vs. “has spent” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: where should we use has/have been and had been? [Company] had spent previous years a few blocks away from the new location. This sentence uses "had spent", but to ...
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When to use 'had been' + past participle of the verb

I read the sentence below in a news article: "The couple had been engaged since the summer," her spokeswoman said in a statement. Why was "had been engaged" used in this sentence. Is it wrong to ...
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Simple past or past perfect in this example

In the following examples: When I was five years old I had a dog. Is this a past perfect sentence? Here, I know that the 'dog' is not a verb and because we use third form of verb after 'had' so ...
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Simple past vs. Past perfect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? What's the difference between the following two sentences? I had finished reading the book ...
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Is past perfect necessary in the following

I read the following on abcnews, but couldn't convince myself to accept the past perfect form the sentence. What is the action before which the 'had mailed' part has occurred and completed? And why ...
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Using had twice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “had had” mean? How does this differ from “had”? Is this correct usage? I had had enough food?
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past perfect usage with before [closed]

I am reviewing rules for past perfect tenses. I found the sentence below that is mentioned as example. You had studied English before you moved to New York. What is the difference in meaning ...
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Is “the photo I had taken” correct? [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct: I've just uploaded the photo I had taken on Monday. I've just uploaded the photo I took on Monday. I guess that this sentence Yesterday I ...
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wouldn't have missed the day

I was watching a BBC sitcom. The scene is set in a wedding ceremony. In the opening of the speech of the father of the bride, he tends to be humorous, and thus he says: "Welcome to the wedding of ...
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“I had no sooner returned than I turned on” vs. “I have no sooner returned than I turn on”

Context: As a teacher who loves writing, I am interested in posting messages on the twitter. Which of the following options is correct? Please explain the reasoning. I am so interested in ...
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Is the use of Simple Past correct in “Although I didn't study for the test, I got a good grade”?

As both actions refer to the past, shouldn't we use Past Perfect to refer to the action that happened first (or rather didn't happen in this particular case)? That is, I am thinking the appropriate ...
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Tricky Past Perfect Tense

I have been reading a lot about the Past Perfect tense recently and I think that I am getting more and more confused with the logic behind it the more I read about the tense. Many sources say that we ...
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When do we use “had had” and “have had”? [duplicate]

I have seen several sentences in English where some writers have written had twice in a row. I am a bit confused about when the grammar calls for using had had. For example: I had had my car ...
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Past Perfect sentences with “before”

I had seen a documentary on the Whydah before we visited it in Providence. Sir Francis Drake had worked for the British Navy before he became a pirate. These two sentences seem quite awkward to ...
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“Once the client has replaced the songs” or “Once the client had replaced the songs”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? Mira is wondering what is the correct way to say: "Once the client has replaced the songs" or "Once ...
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Before it had dissolved vs Before it dissolved [duplicate]

Is this correct plase? You should have done it before the substance had dissolved. Meaning that he should have done something before the process of dissolving finished. And if it was: You ...