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Questions tagged [past-perfect]

This tag is for questions about the usage of the past perfect tense in English.

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past before past

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/us/politics/pelosi-donald-trump-cancel-travel.html Mr. Trump asked on Twitter before Ms. Pelosi’s office had announced the postponement. I think past before ...
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“I hadn't known about it” (tense choice)

Let's consider the following conversation: Why don't you use such a nice application as [some application]? It can do this, it can also do that. I hadn't known about it. Is it correct to use the ...
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“.. + had + had + past-participle + ..”

I know the cases like I had had a headache yesterday. where had had is grammatically correct. Is ".. + had + had + past-participle + .." grammatically correct the way used in the following sentences, ...
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Have not vs Have never

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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Can I use past perfect in this response?

I would like to know if I can use past perfect in this response: Did not know that you would contact me again !!! I had tried to contact so many times and did not receive any answer that I ...
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Why is this grammatically correct? - “I would like to cancel the job that I had ordered”

As the title states, would you mind teaching me why this sentence is grammatically correct? "I would like to cancel the job that I had ordered" The reason I ask is that the below sentence doesn't ...
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Past perfect usage with simultaneous events?

I was reading To Kill a Mockingbird and I came across a sentence: This was the first {time} he had let us know he knew a lot more about something than we thought he knew. I can't understand the ...
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Difference had wanted and wanted

Should I use wanted or had wanted here? a) I was not sure if She had wanted to marry me. b) I was not sure if She wanted to marry me. Or. a) She had wanted to marry me but I refused the proposal. ...
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Using the correct tense to establish a past context

Given the following sentence: Vivian _____________ computer lessons for very long so she wasn't sure how to use the Internet. I put hadn't had in missing place but the answer was hadn't been ...
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Have/Had never risen so high

Should I use the present perfect or the past perfect in the following context? Last year, a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use past perfect twice in the same sentence? [duplicate]

Six months later, she had not conceived and her anxiety had increased. Is it grammatically correct to use past perfect twice in the same sentence?
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I HAD / HAVE never seen a match like that before!

"Have never seen" or "Had never seen": Which one is correct in the following context? If they are both correct, then which one would you prefer? John, did you see the match between Liverpool and ...
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past perfect progressive instead of past perfect simple?

This is from a novel: The man who had sat next to her the day before began to laugh. Is it possible to say: The man who had been sitting next to her the day before began to laugh?
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does the past perfect tense sound natural in this example?

This is an example (for the past perfect tense) from a grammar book : The boys had played football, meaning they had finished playing, before Susan came. Does this sound natural to a native speaker, ...
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the meaning of past perfect continuous in that case

What indeed? While she was walking through the forest, she saw a wolf strolling slowly towards her, humming something to himself. A minute or so earlier, the wolf had been watching her from behind a ...
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What is the difference in meanings of the two sentences?

He was waiting for me when I reached arrived. He had been waiting for me when I arrived.
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Should I use past perfect here or not?

A query message to an online seller: (hyperlink to the product) Wanna buy but I'm not quite sure if it's genuine or not cz I saw a review by one of your buyers, he/he'd uploaded a photo taken ...
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Correct Use of Past Perfect Tense in the context

I have asked so many question about use of Had (Past Perfect) in English sentence. But sometime after I made my concept clear come across some sentence which force me to re think it. E.g. https://...
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Past Simple and Past Perfect. “I had seen” or “I saw” him a few days before he left

Yesterday I saw this sentence in some test without any context: I ... (see) him a few days before he ... (leave). My answer was "I'd seen him a few days before he left", but it was wrong. Right ...
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“she was raped” or “she had been raped” in this reported speech

A) A 21 year old girl studying in Vidynagar alleged that she was raped by a boy in a hotel in the city on August 23. Based on above complaint police arrested accuse. B) A 21 year old girl ...
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Since vs before, which a conjunction should I use in present or past perfect tense?

A Conjunction of "since" is used in present perfect tense, and that of "before" is used in past perfect tense. for example A staff working at the company has found the document since his or her boss ...
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Past perfect usage

I went over to John's place three months ago. (this sentence should mean the speaker went over to john's place three months before now.) I had visited John's, three months ago. Without a reference ...
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past perfect simple vs past perfect continuous in these examples

I was wondering why the past perfect simple is used in one sentence and the past perfect continuous in the other. What is the difference? "The bartender looked at the seat the customer had occupied." ...
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Past perfect tense confusion

Here is the sentence. “I had not made a decison yet, when they asked me what degree in college will (emphasised text) I pursue. First question: Is it ok to use the word “will” in this context? I ...
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Have done vs Did

I wonder which of these sentences sound more natural to the ears of native English speakers. I have done/finished/received my education from high school to college in the Netherlands. or I did/...
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Having something for years correct tense usage

Suppose I have a thing. I've acquired the thing many years ago but still have it. As far as I know, a correct phrase describing the said situation would be: I've been having this thing for years. ...
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past perfect unnecessary usage

In the afternoon, he'd attended a funeral. What's the meaning of "he'd attended"? Is it "he had attended"?! if so then why should we use past perfect instead of simple past? Is it "he would ...
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past perfect and past simple difference in a sentence

Consider these two sentences: Laura passed her exam because she studied very hard. Laura passed her exam because she had studied very hard. I think that the second one is correct because first, she ...
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had vs have difference? [closed]

What's the difference between : I have not sent this email. I had not sent this email. I usually get confused in had/have. And I might have used them incorrectly many times. Can someone ...
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past perfect to explain the completion of an action

I just ordered the book after seeing this aleatorick's post on the blog (probably as soon as he had posted it) would it be better to use past simple for post, I chose past perfect because I wanted ...
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we were talking and catching up on what we’ve been doing

A: Well, we were talking and catching up on what we've been doing, talking about work and family, when all of a sudden, Matt saw a mouse run under his chair and he completely lost it! He started ...
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“He had already left the house yesterday.” Is this correct?

We cannot use the present perfect with an expression of time, like yesterday, 2 years ago. Yeah, I(non-native speaker) know that. But how about the past perfect? a. We visited him yesterday but he ...
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Correct uses of Perfect continuous Tense

Between them which one is right? Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, has recently been elevated to Apex Court. Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, had ...
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Should I use past perfect or past tense here? [duplicate]

Should I use past perfect or past tense here? As of the audit date, all the problems had been corrected. or As of the audit date, all the problems were corrected.
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Is it usage of passive form of past perfect tense : “She had been born with a congenital heart problem”

I got this sentence structure from Murakami's short story. Please explain to me.
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when to use had had in a sentence?

The project also had had a tangible demonstration impact. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? The event occurred a few years ago.
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As soon as structure

Are the following two sentences both correct? If so, what is the difference between them? She got married as soon as she resigned from the CEO position of the company. And, She got married as ...
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Can you ever use “ever” with the past perfect?

It is ever right to say: Had you ever visited the USA? Or is ever only used with the present perfect: Have you ever visited the USA? If you can use ever with the past perfect as well, then ...
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The difference between Past Perfect and Simple Past tense in a sentence not having clear timeline

I am learning Past Perfect and Simple Past tense on a paragraph below Leyton stared at the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean in front of him. He had finally come to the end of his journey. ...
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Is it okay to drop had/ the past perfect if it's already been used in the previous line(s)?

Example sentence: Mark, unlike Mary's previous exes, had suggested they only meet on weekends. “Everything in moderation," were his words. As you can see the had/perfect past has been dropped in ...
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“did you sign up successfully?” - what's wrong with this sentence?

If someone says, they are going to try signing up on a certain website, how should I check if they managed to do that? Did you sign up successfully? looks very odd, although I can't think of ...
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Use of past perfect tense without before-and-after events

I have problem with understanding why we have put this sentence in the past perfect tense. Harold had known about it for a while There is no two actions one happened before the other like when we ...
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Had Begun vs Began [duplicate]

I was going through an english ACT test and came across this question: Walker Lee __________ his career in hand forged ironwork at the age of 30. The possible answers are: had begun began ...
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Which tense to use after “I didn't know”

I have been married for 10 years and someone tells me that I married the wrong man. Because I resent that remark I want to answer saying something like this: I didn't know that I have been ...
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'had had + verb' correct?

This is a sentence I found that made me puzzled someone who had not yet read the book she had had ghostwritten I understand the concept of had had with the second had being used instead of a verb, ...
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How to say “if I were you, I wouldn't do that” in past?

Imagine a friend is talking about a past event that is finished and he has made a decision in the past. While he is talking I want to say that I would make a different decision. How should I say that? ...
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if you didn't understand vs if you hadn't understood

I'm trying to make a sentence. However, I'm a little bit confused about the right tense here. How you can find a solution if you hadn't understood the problem. It should be written in the past ...
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Should this reported speech use “was” or “had been” to convert “was”?

When you have a sentence in the direct speech talking about someone’s age such as “a producer discovered me when I was 13” How does it change into the reported speech? he said a producer had ...
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Had eaten vs had been eaten

Let's say you are writing a past event of a diabetic patient to a doctor. "The patient had consumed 1 whole canned juice of 'del monte' pineapple 240ml, which the patient usually consumes just a ...
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What type of tense is 'would have had'?

I know how to use 'would have had', but I’m really unsure about the tense. Is it past or present tense? Is it conditional?