I mean, back before I was married I had this one girlfriend who was fat.

Source: Chuck Palahniuk – Romance (published in Playboy, August 2011)

I tend to apply the rules of the usage of past perfect to this sentence. Would it be possible using this tense? – "…before I was married I had had this one girlfriend who had been fat"?


If you say "girlfriend who had been fat" (instead of "was") it would mean that she had gotten thinner before she became his girlfriend.

When we were kids we used to explore a derelict building which had been a tire factory.

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  • what about : "who she was fat"? – Cardinal Aug 3 '15 at 15:09
  • @Cardinal "who she was fat" is a bad construction in the first place. Please, if you have more questions, ask them as a new question. – Catija Aug 3 '15 at 16:05
  • @Catija sorry it was typo, I meant who was fat – Cardinal Aug 3 '15 at 16:28
  • "Who was fat" is the construction from the original sentence. Yes, it's fine. – Catija Aug 3 '15 at 16:29

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