He met a traveler from Egypt and the traveler told him about something he saw in Egypt.

Is it right to say "saw" or we should say "had seen"?

1 Answer 1


In this case, “had seen” (past perfect tense) is correct because the event is in the past tense and so is what the traveler told him.

See also: https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpas-pasper

We use Simple Past if we give past events in the order in which they occured. However, when we look back from a certain time in the past to tell what had happened before, we use Past Perfect.

You should replace the second mention of “the traveler” with “who” to avoid being redundant. Similarly, you should replace “in Egypt” with “there” because it’s a location that was already mentioned at the start of the sentence.

“He met a traveler from Egypt who told him about something he had seen there."

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .