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Negative Present Perfect

It would work to say,"Before today, I hadn't seen friend #1 in years." At the point in time to which you'd be referring (i.e., before today), which is in the past (supporting the use of &...
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Is "my horse had been stolen" or "my horse was stolen" better in this sentence?

Here "had been stolen" needs a recent past reference. My horse had been stolen before we woke up (or before you went to church). I can't believe that's happened. My horse had been stolen (...

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