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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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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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Who had always wanted to do it

We have such a sentence: I found some people who always wanted to walk in the forests. Is it correct? I mean the second part has to be in Past Simple or Past Perfect like: I found some people ...
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Past Simple or Past Perfect in the context of something having been done by the exact time yesterday

Here goes a sentence: Alice said that she had translated three articles by five o’clock yesterday. My question is as follows: If what Alice exactly said was "I had translated three articles by ...
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The difference between past tense and had pp?

Less well known at the time was the fact that Freud had found out, almost by accident, how helpful his pet dog Jofi was to his patients. He had become a dog­lover in later life when Jofi was given to ...
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How is “had been” used in English sentences? [duplicate]

In writing a paragraph, how can we use "had been" sometimes, but on other occasions we can use "was" rather than "had been"? So, how do I decide which to use?
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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 order of actions (in the example sentence)

I talked to her before she had arrived. Could you make the order of actions clear in this sentence?
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was forced vs had been forced

Going through customs to leave a country can sometimes be very frustrating. First she was asked why she was not rolling her carryon. The handle got stuck when she got off the car so she had been ...
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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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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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Is the past perfect necessary when one action clearly precedes another?

When I describe two actions in the past, one of which precedes the other, when is the Past Perfect more preferable than the Past Simple? Jenny put on a mask after I put on goggles. Jenny put ...
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Is it possible to use past simple instead of past perfect in “…all the washing up HAD BEEN DONE…”?

There's the following sentence in my Grammar book: It was a lovely surprise to find that all the washing-up HAD BEEN DONE while I was asleep. The only answer mentioned in the answer key is past ...
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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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“worse than it was” or “worse than what it was”

Don't blame me. I didn't make it worse than it was. This sentence sounds fine to me, as it looks analogous to another utterance I know to be idiomatic "It's worse than it looks". But I wonder if ...
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Mixed tense in one sentence

Jack said,"Ella, have you thought that I had been dead?" Jack said,"Ella, have you thought that I was dead?" Jack met Ella again for the first time in 20 years and asked this question to find out if ...
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Would it be possible to change past perfect into simple past

She invited me to dinner. But it _____ two years since I _____ to her house. So I lost my way. The answer is "was", "had gone" but would it be possible to change "had gone" into "went" because if ...
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tense sequencing - I had forgotten … what I learned

I saw the following sentence at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/-Come-Back-and-Get-Back- : I had forgotten a lot of what I learned about music, but it's all coming back to me now. The past ...
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I was happy because I (had) passed my final exam

Is this sentence correct: I was happy because I passed my final exam. Or is it better to use the Past Perfect: I was happy because I had passed my final exam.
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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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Every time we (had) moved, we started from scratch

I'm not sure whether I use double past simple or past perfect + past simple in this sentence: Every time we had moved, we started from scratch. vs Every time we moved, we started from scratch. ...
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Use of tenses (Past Simple vs Past Perfect)

Getting ready for the test I found this task The lucky coincidence allowed them to take a trip together and Angela loved traveling! More than that, she ________ (prepare) a list of the most ...
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I have been away or I was away

Let's say I have just returned from a week's holiday. Can I say "I have been away for a week" or do I have to say "I was away for a week"? Or are both possible?
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Why is the past simple used in one narration tenses example, and the past perfect is used in the other?

Last year, I spent my winter holidays in Paris at Aunt Sandra's house. I have never visited Paris with a tour guide like her. It was very interesting. I saw the Monet exhibition. What a wonderful ...
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“They had lost all hope” vs. “They lost all hope”

The Napoleonic War had begun in 1816. When it ended, they had lost all hope. OR The Napoleonic War had begun in 1816. When it ended, they lost all hope. Which one of these sentences is ...
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Why would you use the past perfect here?

It seems like I am caught between tenses again. I watched a youtube video and heard the speaker say: I could imagine that even the earliest human beings had asked themselves the questions: "Why am ...
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Past Simple Tense BEFORE Past Perfect Tense

We have two sentences with the same words and actions in the past: He had said that to me BEFORE I asked him. Here we have classical representation of Past Perfect by its rules. As I read here on ...
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“because I'd been working late” vs. “because I worked late”

I was really tired because I had been working late the night before. I want to show cause and effect. If I say instead I was really tired because I worked late the night before. does that change ...
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You had chickened out?

Let's say you didn't say what you have to say in a meeting, which took place in the past.(the idiom I decided to use is 'chicken out') Then, your friend had told you this: I thought you needed to ...
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Correct use of tenses

It had been umpteen years since he and I had seen each other. I found this sentence in a passage. I think here should be saw instead of had seen. Am I right?
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Correct use of tense for interview questions?

Q) How did you manage your studies? Ans (a) I did not study hard. I had prepared one timetable and followed it. Ans (b) I did not study hard. I prepared one timetable and followed it. Which one ...
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What is the difference between the two similar sentences? [closed]

(1) I brought the book that I {bought} on the previous day. (2) I brought the book that I {had bought} on the previous day. I think the two sentences are the same in their meanings. If not, could ...
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“You would not have got the flu if you {ate/had eaten} more fruit.” - what is the difference?

You would not have got the flu if you ate more fruit You would not have got the flu if you had eaten more fruit What is the difference between these two sentences?
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That “was” OR That “is” my birthday week

My friend said the following sentence : Me : I guess you have submitted your report during 1st to 7th of January. She : No, that's not possible. That is my birthday week and I was on vacation the ...
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“past perect Tense”

The ship's captain , Ahab, had lost a leg when his ship was attacked by a great wahle.. since when we have been using past perfect tense to say that something happened after something , not before ...
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using perfect tense before “before”

He abided by all the rules that were explained to him before the programme. He abided by all the rules that had been explained to him before the programme. What is the difference b/w the two ...
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Are these sentences correct? (past perfect)

I am really struggling to understand the differences between Past Perfect Continuous and Past Continuous AND Past Perfect and Past simple. So are these correct? I had been trying to find this book ...
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What is the difference between Past simple and Past perfect

I cleaned my room after I got up. I had cleaned my room after I got up. In the above two sentences, though there is a difference in the tenses used- the former being in simple past and the ...
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“since” and the tense in the main clause

School grammar says the tense /aspect of the main clause is the present or past perfect if the subordinate clause or phrase begins with since. That said, what do you think about the acceptability of ...
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<Past perfect> and <simple past>

I left when he arrived. Since we don't know how much time passed between the two actions, we could probably think the two action could happened at the similar time. So, we naturally think one ...
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past verb vs has/have been when they are used?

I would like to use past sentences, however, I cannot figure the different between have/has been and the past verbs. We can write a past sentences using both (as I understand). For example, which one ...
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Example sentence, Passive construction and tenses

I am learning passive construction and I have a problem. Problem: A: Did anybody call an ambulance to the scene of the accident? B: Yes. (but nobody / injure / so it / not / need) My task is to make ...
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Past tense vs past perfect

Conversation between A and B: A: I came to your home yesterday.You were not there.Where were you? Now, which of followings will be best reply by B. 1.I had gone to my uncle's home. 2.I went to my ...
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Is “saw” or “had seen” correct here?

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"?
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Died or had died? [duplicate]

Two years have passed since my cousin had died or Two years have passed since my cousin died . Which is correct?
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Why is only one event reported out of two

When Dante Fowler was stopped by police for speeding July 15, he had a unique reason for why he couldn't show officers his registration documents. According to TMZ, the Jacksonville Jaguars star ...
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use of past tense or past perfect tense?

Which one of the following sentences is better? When we came out of the restaurant it was half past eleven. or When we had come out of the restaurant it was half past eleven.
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“The prince has chosen his wife for a week” - Does this sentence sound fine?

My friend and I are discussing the following task from our English exercise book. Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it means the same as the sentence printed before it. ...
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Have I read the novel if I've forgotten the story?

Imagine the following scenario: I read a novel two years ago. Today I cannot remember the story of the novel any more, I've forgotten the story. Somebody asks me: Have you read the novel? ...