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Which sentence is more correct?

  1. He helped an old woman. Then, everyone had known that he was a good man.
  2. He helped an old woman. Now, everyone has known that he is a good man.

I know that past perfect is used to describe an event that happened before the one used with past simple. Thus, I'm not sure if I can use it as in the example (1) in which the sentence with past perfect happened after the one with past simple.

Thank you very much in advance for every answer.

  • a). He helped an old woman. Then everyone realised that he was a good man. b.) He helped an old woman. Now everyone has realised that he is a good man. – user253826 Jul 30 '18 at 16:17
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Your first sentence uses the pluperfect/past perfect tense, ie., "had known".

He helped an old woman. Then, everyone had known that he was a good man.
____________________________^^^^^^^^^ (past perfect tense/pluperfect)

And your second sentence uses the present perfect, ie., "has known".

He helped an old woman. Now, everyone has known that he is a good man.
____________________________^^^^^^^^ (present perfect tense)

In the second sentence I think the simple present would be for fitting:

"He helped an old woman. Now, everyone knows that he is a good man.
_____________________________ ^^^^ (simple present tense)

I would use either your first sentence, or my simple present tense example, but not your second one, which sounds really strange. However, I can't at the moment explain why exactly in relation to the other tenses.

  • "Knows" is not simple past. It is 3rd person present. The past form is "knew". – Roaring Fish Aug 20 '18 at 13:06
  • @RoaringFish Well picked up, and thanks for the correction. I know you're trawling my answers looking for an excuse to downvote. That's two you've made within minutes of my last response to you in that other thread. You're certainly rancorous towards me to take the time to check my answers in such a interested way. I could do the very same thing to you, if I were that type of guy. – Zebrafish Aug 20 '18 at 13:24
  • I downvoted this one because it was wrong (and still is... "or my simple past tense example", but I will correct it for you). Other than that you have a bit of a persecution thing going on.... – Roaring Fish Aug 20 '18 at 13:34
  • @RoaringFish Yeah, it's just coincidence that my answers are being challenged and downvoted directly after you stopped engaging me in our other discussion. The only persecution thing I got going on is that you're persecuting me. – Zebrafish Aug 20 '18 at 13:37
  • The last time I checked, there were 9,170,126 users on this site, so yes - you are being a but paranoid imagining that every downvote you get must be me.... Yes, I am browsing to see if you have given any other incorrect answers. At least until I get bored of it. – Roaring Fish Aug 20 '18 at 13:51

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