1

1) I had seen her before she saw me. 2) I saw her before she had seen me. Sentence 1 is clear to me but I have a doubt about sentence 2. Can we use "before" with past perfect tense? Likewise can we use "after" in place of "before" in the above sentences?

  • before and after with past perfect is a bit awkward why not place it all in the past simple? "I saw her before she saw me" – SovereignSun Aug 6 '17 at 10:39
  • When the birds left the tree, the cat had caught one of them. Is this sentence correct? – nandy Aug 6 '17 at 15:53
  • I would suggest placing already after had. – SovereignSun Aug 6 '17 at 18:16
1

The first sentence: "*I had seen her before she saw me" is a bit awkward. I'd use "I had seen her by the time she saw me" or "I saw her before she saw me."

The second sentence: "*I saw her before she had seen me" should be "I saw her before she saw me" or "I had seen her by the time she saw me."

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.