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I've seen a random tweet today but it left me puzzled. It said:

"Today had been "reading books and listening to loud music" kind of a day."

The user's description said he was from Chicago. I'm wondering why he decided to use past perfect. Thanks for any clarification.

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    To me it suggests that this sentence is setting the scene for a following description of something that changed the kind of day. On its own, it suggests that there is a "But now ... " that is not being expressed.
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 27 '17 at 21:34
  • We can't tell you 'why' without more context; we can only guess. Use of the perfect, whether present or past, is always dependent on context. Aug 28 '17 at 0:47
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You're right. Past perfect is not correct here. It should be present perfect progressive. i.e.:

"Today has been a "reading books and listening to loud music" kind of a day."

It seems most likely that this is a simple typing mistake by the original tweeter but one can use past perfect if the situation has changed. e.g.:

"Today had been a "reading books and listening to loud music" kind of a day until you called."

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  • I think the "typing mistake" theory is quite plausible, considering 'd' and 's' are right next to each other on a keyboard.
    – J.R.
    Sep 29 '17 at 19:58

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