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Is the sentence “While i was traveling i had seen beautiful buildings.” ungrammatical?

I think this sentence is grammatical using past perfect to describe multiple events in past but the answer says ‘while i was traveling I saw beautiful buildings’ is correct.

Why the sentence ‘while i was traveling i had seen beautiful buildings’ is incorrect?

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    The problem is that without further context, the past perfect sets I had seen beautiful buildings as an event that happened before I was traveling, contradicting the word while. With further context, the sentence could be correct. For example, While I was traveling, I had seen some beautiful buildings, but compared with the Palace of the Dictator, they all seemed like crude mud hovels. – Peter Shor Mar 14 at 14:15
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It isn't incorrect (except that 'I' should always be in upper case). As a sentence on its own, it's probably better with 'saw', but you could say something like "While I was travelling I had seen some beautiful buildings, but the new art gallery in my home town was as fine as any of them".

  • It is not correct because "while" implies doing something at the same time in both clauses of the sentence. "Had been" implies that the buildings were seen before they were travelling. – Karlomanio Mar 14 at 15:38
  • If "while I was traveling" means "back when I was traveling", then "had seen" works as having happened at the same time as traveling. – PvtBuddie Mar 14 at 22:01
  • @Karlomanio I disagree. "I had seen some beautiful buildings while I was travelling" works, so why not the other way round? – Kate Bunting Mar 15 at 15:26
  • That's not correct either for the same reason. – Karlomanio Mar 15 at 16:34
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This is NOT grammatical.

The correct wording should be

While I was travelling, I saw beautiful buildings.

This is because the use of "while" implies doing something at the same time in both clauses of the sentence. "Had been" implies that the buildings were seen before they were travelling.

Please refer to this site for uses of the past perfect.

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