Questions tagged [past-perfect]

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What is the tense used here?

I thought you would have eaten by now. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (OR) I thought you would have ate by now. Which is correct? What is the tense used here?
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I have had my phone stolen

once i came across a phrase I have had my phone stolen and I had had my ears removed I understand the meaning, but what's the grammatical rule regulates it? I have googled passive voice, ...
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past perfect within past perfect

Consider this sentense: I liked James. I had met him when I had stopped at the gas station where he had worked. Someone at an internet forum said: "But all those wordy past perfect ...
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“They had read, but none replied” or “they have read, but none replied”?

They had read, but none replied. They have read, but none replied. Which one is correct? Note: This originally had the second sentence be "they have read, but none replies."
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Problem to use Past Perfect tense (Had met / met)

Sentence: It was the first time I had met/met her. Which tense form should be used, had met or met? I have come across this sentence only, not from any specific context.
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“I hadn’t paid much attention to it before, but now I see it’s a small bird in flight” — why “hadn't”?

From The Hunger Games: My next guest is also unexpected. Madge walks straight to me. She is not weepy or evasive, instead there’s an urgency about her tone that surprises me. “They let you wear one ...
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The use of the present perfect and the past perfect in context

Tell me please which tense is the most apt to use in the following context. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I haven't thought about that. Rob, do you often drink soft drinks? I hadn't ...
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Had usage problem

1)India won the toss and decided to bowl. why not 2)India had won the toss and decided to bowl. As the event of winning the toss occurred first.
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use of double past tense in a sentence

The use of double past tense is always a bit problematic for me. So far I have learned that when there is a time reference and two actions happening in past we use past and past perfect. The action ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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Past Perfect and Present simple confusion

I am a native English speaker and have been asked which of these is correct and can't give a definitive answer. We ate dinner after I arrived (2 x simple past verbs) We ate dinner after I ...
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Present/Past perfect with 'Recent'/'Yesterday'

Which sentence is correct? Recently they have watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about it. Recently they had watched a new film and now we are expecting their mind about ...
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Past simple questions in reported speech

I would like to know what is the correct answer when changing the sentence below into reported speech. Did the doctor see Sarah yesterday?’ Lucy asked her dad To my understanding, backshifting to ...
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What would be the best way of conveying “not even once” (which tense would you use in the sentence)?

I was confused with the past perfect tense, so I did a bit of research and things got much more clear now. But, what if you want to convey the idea of "not being there -- not even once -- during the ...
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You haven't felt the fire, had a little fun, hadn't had a smile in a little while

It's from a song called "Blue Ain't Your Color": Well, it's probably not my place But I'm gonna say it anyway 'Cause you look like You haven't felt the fire Had a little fun Hadn't had a ...
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“had been to (a place) last year”

I am aware that people speak in past simple tense when they use a finished time words (last year, last month, in 1805, etc.). I also understand that, when the sentence is in present perfect, you ...
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Using past simple or past perfect after *since*?

This is an exercise from my English book: You three boys look very guilty! What did you do / have you done / have you been doing since I left / have left? I chose have you been doing and have left....
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Why is past simple used here?

Here are two examples: By the time I got to the station, the train had left. and The train left five minutes before I got to the station. I don't understand why past simple is used in the ...
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Using will in interrogatives?

I really find it difficult to frame a proper English sentence. I want to ask if this sentence is correct or not: will she be happy if she comes to know that you bought it from the stolen money? ...
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Present perfect simple for an unfinished action

I decided to walk back home. I had walked for about 200 meters when the storm began and I ran to the nearest cafe. Would it be possible to use past perfect progressive since the walk was not ...
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Is it not a strange past perfect here?

The rumor we heard at the time was that Chris D had a bunch of Upsetter overstock of this Tooth and Nail vinyl compilations and that he'd recently carried them down to Rhino for beer money. the first ...
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Difference between did and does

I messaged my friend asking if a person(say Mr. ABC) replies to his messages. So I texted him saying: " Does Mr. ABC reply to your messages?" He corrected me saying that it was "did" and not "does" ...
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Why do I need the past, not the past perfect, here?

Capital expenditure of their company in the year 2001 _______ clearly below the spending in the year 2000 when they _______ about half the investments for the concept conversion. A) used to be / had ...
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I already finished the work

I have such a rule in my head that if we have "already", "still" or "yet" I am obliged to use Perfect Tenses. But can these words be used in Past Simple? I already finished the work (some time in ...
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I had finished it by 11 am

I was told to that it was incorrect to say: I had finished it by 11 am The person was saying Past Perfect could be used only with Past Simple, not times like this one. What do you think about it?
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why should the past perfect be used?

I did my homework and met an offer. He felt tired because he had worked a lot. why I have to use 'had' if I can say that: He felt tired because he worked a lot.
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When you had found it out by 11 am I had already come?

Can we say so: I found it out at 11 am ? It's Past Simple. The action happened while it was 11 am Can we say: I had found it out by 11 am? It's Past Perfect. The action had happened before 11 am....
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I had done when you had come by the evening

We have "A" and B moments in the past. "A" happened first, "B" happened second. "A" should be in Perfect. Example: I had done when you came I had done - "A" When you came - "B" "A" happened before ...
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We swam in the same pool we saw / had seen in the photos

Which is the correct form and why? On safari we swam in the same pool we saw in the photos on the website. On safari we swam in the same pool we had seen in the photos on the website.
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We had not reached the station yet when it had already begun to rain

I found such a sentence: We had not reached the station yet when it began to rain And as I see the logic of English people, it's so: The action of "not reaching" happened firstly and only then ...
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Which tense should be used in this situation?

I am confused about what tense I should use in this situation. He ______ (can) picture his brother's face more clearly now, because he had saved the life of a fourteen-year-old boy, who remarkably ...
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“Because” with past perfect or past simple?

This is from a newspaper: The real reason he was arrested was because he smeared poo all over the walls. Shouldn't the past perfect be used: ... he was arrested because he had smeared poo all ...
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Past tense of “ I have to”

Question 1: How do I change this correctly and accordingly to the past perfect tense example: He have to do that because someone has told him to possible answer: He had to do that because someone ...
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Which tense should I use after “by the time you read this”?

Could you please advise which sentence is grammatically correct? By the time you read this, I have already bought tickets and I have reserved a hotel. or By the time you read this, I have ...
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“I waited 4 years to see SS2” vs “I had to wait 4 years to see SS2”

My friend and I were talking about a movie called "Attack on Titans". The SS1 sequel began airing in 2013 while SS2 began airing in 2017. I want to say this to my friend, but I don't have a better ...
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Had commissioned into commissioned?

Mona Lisa was commissioned to celebrate the birth at a baby boy. The lady in the painting was Lisa del Giocondi,who was a member of the Gheradini family in Florence. It is assumed that the family had ...
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Is the action simultaneous or not

I know Past Perfect rules and I have also read some questions here connected with this point, but I still doubt. “My telephone fell down ...
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Before I (have) started the University I (had) worked as

Before I have started the University I worked as waitress in a cafe. I'm not sure about the tenses here (present perfect/past simple). Maybe it should be Before I started university I had ...
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I had done and I was happy

Present Perfect is used for actions which happened in the past but have some influence for the present: I have done it and now I am happy What is "have done" action? It's something what happened ...
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Tenses past ind. Past perfect

Which one us correct? Jane studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him. Jane had studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him.
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I (hear, not) _____ the song in years [closed]

A) I (hear, not) _____ the song in years. B) I (hear, not) _____ the song in years, and when I heard it I cried. If I have understood correctly the differences of these two Tenses, in the first ...
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never traveled or had never traveled?

Rousseau produced twenty-six jungle paintings in the final six years of his life. In fact, he had never traveled outside of France or seen a jungle. If had never traveled would be changed into ...
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The use of the past perfect and past simple and present simple in context

Tell me please which of the following sentences is correct. The teacher came up to Kate and said that the assignment had been done badly, because there were a lot of grammar mistakes. The ...
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Sequence of Tenses in a relative clause

I was reading an article and something about tenses made me confused. " Before then, I had never come across anyone who had stayed clean without using any drugs or alcohol. My only frame of reference ...
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Using Past-Perfect interchangeably with the Past Continuous

I've seen this sentence in another post here: Tom Cruise was thinking of a career in the church before finding a job in the movies. Would it be fine to use the Past-Perfect as well? If so, ...
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What is difference past simple and past perfect in this sentence?

I (non-native English speaker) have sometimes been confused about when to use past simple and when to use past perfect. President Donald Trump has vetoed a measure from Congress that revoked his ...
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The use of the past perfect after the word “before” in context

I have found it in this video. It is at 9 minute and 6 second. I think it is great I got to come, you know, before 10 or 20 or 30 years had passed, and I would have more agency in my career. I ...
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Past tenses in sequence: former and latter past events

I have a question about past tenses in sequence. I studied that while describing connected past events in sequence: event 1: former event is in past-perfect event 2: latter event is in past-tense ...
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change of tenses, different focus?

I have read the following sentence on a review site and it said: "The box looked like someone had played football with it". Can I change the sentence into: "The box looked like someone had been ...
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I had never been here before or I have never been here before?

I had never been here before? I have never been here before? Which one from these two is correct? The one in present perfect or the other in past perfect? I came across both. The "before" in ...