Talking about the trip I did a few years ago:

I have been there and it was amazing. I had not seen a frozen sea until that time!

Did I use past perfect correctly or should I just say "I did not see .."? Also is the "until that time" ok?

  • A frozen see is entirely possible :)
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:22
  • I corrected that typo :) Anyway I would need to know whether the tenses are correct.
    – John V
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:27

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The verb forms are fine, but, depending on context, until then might be more usual than until that time.

  • Thank you! Frankly speaking I do not know why I put the present perfect tense into the first part of that sentence and then past simple - "it was amazing", could you elaborate a bit on that?
    – John V
    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:41
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    ‘I have been there’ is present perfect because it describes a past event that has relevance at the time of speaking. ‘It was amazing’ is past tense because it describes what it was like at a particular time in the past. Aug 28, 2013 at 17:34

The usage is correct, but I would consider trying

I had never seen a frozen sea before!

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