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Questions about Past Perfect tense

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Can't we use simple past in given sentence?

A disabled dog named Ping Pong has become the pride of his village in north-east Thailand, after rescuing a baby boy who had been buried alive by his teenage mother. Can I use "who was buried alive ...
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Past perfect + which tense?

I'm trying to say: He had also made her promise that when that day comes (->????), she leave and not look back. I'm stuck about the right tense to use for the verb to come, since it's the "future in ...
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Can the Past Perfect be substituted with past simple + time reference only with state verbs?

As an English teacher, I often find students unclear about the use of the past perfect. It seems that this is sometimes optional if there is a time reference. I take both these sentences to be correct ...
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Past Perfect and Present Perfect

Am I allowed to use present perfect for this sentence: "People who did not know about bargains have paid much more money than people who knew this in the last two weeks." the point of past perfect ...
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Should I write “I have been teamed up” or “I had been teamed up”

I want to write a past perfect tense sentence with a word "teamed up". Should I write I have been teamed up OR I had been teamed up.
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Hadn't seen vs Haven't seen

Please can you tell me which is correct - haven't or hadn't? Situation: I send picture to my friend and she replies: "I hadn't seen it yet" Is it right use? Shouldn't be there "I haven't seen it ...
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Can anybody explain why my answer is wrong? [migrated]

Capital expenditure of their company in the year 2001 _______ clearly below the spending in the year 2000 when they _______ about half the investments for the concept conversion. A) used to be / had ...
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Past perfect: had --> have + was VS had --> have had + was

Which is correct? If Mark had not included his own name in the message, we would have no idea who was behind it. If Mark had not included his own name in the message, we would have had no idea who ...
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Past Perfect usage question

„Boxer Joe Foster had fought over 100 opponents when he retired in 1994.” Why someone used Past Perfect in this senence?
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Using past perfect tense after past tense

Which sentence is more correct? He helped an old woman. Then, everyone had known that he was a good man. He helped an old woman. Now, everyone has known that he is a good man. I know that past ...
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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 give ...
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Use of past perfect versus simple past

When a subordinate clause establishes time, do you have the option of using or not using the past perfect in the main clause? When he called her, he said nothing about quitting his job. When he ...
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Is the sentence “While i was traveling i had seen beautiful buildings.” ungrammatical?

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 ...
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Past Perfect Continuous vs. Past Perfect

I took a grammatical quiz and chose 'had been spending' answer. It turned out to be the wrong answer. May you explain why not the continuous form? John _______ (to spends) 3 years in Pakistan ...
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Past continuous questions

I have a question about Past continuous from this following example. " I was thinking that I wouldn't have any friends when I came here. " " I was thinking that I wouldn't have any friends when I ...
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Multiple usage of Past Perfect in a one sentence. How to recognize which action took place first?

I know that Past Perfect means "earlier past" and is used to clarify which action took place first in chronological order, but what when there are more actions in the past perfect that need to be ...
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Which tense is appropriate? Simple or Perfect? [duplicate]

Consider the following two sentences: Many buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Many buildings had been destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Which is appropriate, and why? I think ...
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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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“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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She has been being mistreated

She is being mistreated. She has been being mistreated for five years. Is the second sentence grammatically correct? Or should the being been be contracted to just been? I. e. She has been mistreated ...
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Mixed tenses in a sentence : had to + simple past

So a story that is told primarily in simple past has the following sentence: He had to shake him out of his trance and pointed at the battle. Should 'pointed' follow the same tense as 'shake' and ...
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The use of never

would somebody help me to correct this sentence: "I thought being all alone was never this ugly" Is it grammatically correct? Thanks
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“I have been travelling” or “I had been…” or “I was…”?

My teacher asked me where had I been because I was very late. What would be the best answer? I have been travelling from my hometown to here, so I have came late I had been travelling from… I ...
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Can past perfect tense be used without a second tense?

I found this sentence in the book "Game of Thrones": Catelyn had never liked this godswood. It seems that the author used past perfect tense here, but without a second tense. Is it possible? Or is ...
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Difference between “had waited” and “had been waiting”

Can I write "I have been waiting for the bus for 30 minutes" instead of "I had waited for the bus for 30 minutes?"
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Is this correct: “I'd have to have had…”

This sentence makes my head hurt a bit, and it doesn't seem right, but perhaps you guys could help me sort it out. "If I would've gone to Canada, I'd have to have had some kind of winter gear."
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“You mentioned that you want” vs. “You had mentioned that you wanted” [duplicate]

How to say it in a right way and why? 1. In your advertisement, you had mentioned that you wanted to know about... 2. In your advertisement, you mentioned that you want to know about... Thank you ...
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Past Perfect questions

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding certain aspects of the past perfect tense. So my premise is, it deals with events that happened in the past at different times. One event is in past ...
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“Would have had to have been” vs “would have had to be” for past event conditions

I instinctively said I would have had to have been over 180 lbs for that to have happened. I thought that seemed overly wordy. Too many "have"s and "had"s. So I tried: I would have had to be ...
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“Since she had given up smoking, …” or “Since she gave up smoking, …”?

Since she had given up smoking, she has been looking good. or Since she gave up smoking, she has been looking good. Shouldn't it be "had given up"?
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How to spot error in the sentence? [closed]

Is it correct to say"I had left the place when he arrived"? And what can be the other possible sentences we can frame referring to the same meaning
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weird airport customs questions I had

I was going through the US border control in an airport a couple days ago and the customs officer asked me a question that was kind unexpected. I don't remember the question exactly but it definitely ...
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American dialects: Replacing the past-perfect participle with the simple-past form

I have come across some American media (The Alternate History Hub youtube channel comes to mind) in which the perfect participle and the simple-past form have been merged. For example, we would have: ...
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Using more than one tense in one sentence

I want to ask how to use more than one tense in a sentence. In the sentences below, which are correct? I have to take a picture of the cake before it is gone. I had to take a picture of the cake ...
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Until and past tenses - are both correct or not?

I have a problem with these two sentences: "You promised you would take care of her until she had grown up" "You promised you would take care of her until she grew up" Which of them is the correct? ...
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“news in letters” Is this a countable phrase?

......As a result, the news in letters was already out of date when people received it. 1) Is it better to use "were" in this case as we are talking about news in several letters? 2) also should I ...
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Future tense and past perfect tense together?

Police will have the pictures enlarged in an attempt to identify the thief. This sentence include two tenses. The former one is will for the future tense and the other is past perfect future tense. ...
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A question regarding “had” vs “had had” [duplicate]

Which one you would choose? I really had had a pleasant meal until you came OR I really had a pleasant meal until you came I personally think that both are correct, but I am interested to see ...
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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 century] ...
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Is it possible to use the adverb 'now' in the past?

I learn pluperfect in German and recently ran into a web-page with English-German examples. One of the example seems to me incorrect, so I am bringing this out to make sure I correctly understand the ...
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“Ever + past perfect” vs “ever + simple past”

Hi there can any native speaker please tell me the difference between these two sentences. I have seen "past perfect" is rarely used In english. I know the first sentence is correct but in movies, ...
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Is this grammatically correct or not? [closed]

I have a question. Is this sentence correct grammatically?? What have you tried for it? Or I should use this instead : Have you tried anything for it?
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Shouldn't the first verb in “she died before I was born” be in the past perfect?

Quote from English book: Sadly, I never got to meet her because she died before I was born. I think it should be: Sadly, I never got to meet her because she "had" died before I was born. I think ...
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Past perfect simple - strange usage

By definition, past perfect simple tense "expresses an action taking place before a certain time in the past". I have a hard time to understand why Terry Pratchett used it in the sentence: "The ...
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Past Perfect with ago [duplicate]

How can we use ago with Past perfect? Are below lines correct? The boy’s father had separated from the family many years ago while his mother worked as a gardener in Mukesh’s school. Above lines ...
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Should there be the Past Perfect? “He advised me to do as he said but I didn't pay any…” [closed]

Where is the error in the following line? He advised me to do as he said but I didn't pay any attention to his advice. I am confused what is the error here or even error been there or not? As far ...
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“We never discussed what happened” or “We never discussed what had happened?”

I'm writing some fiction in the past tense. At one point, I'm explaining a story in past perfect, and then the paragraph ends with "We never discussed what had happened." But it appears to me that ...
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By the [point in time] + past simple / past continuous / past perfect

I've come across two sentences in "My Grammar Lab Advanced" that I found really confusing and made me want to reevaulate my understanding of the expression "by the + point in time" used in conjuction ...
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“He told me that he [has/had] got temporary residence in England”

Telling a friend about another friend, Yesterday I met John. He told me that he has/had got temporary residence in England. Which one is appropriate here, has or had?
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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... ...