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'was' versus 'had been'

When I asked the driver/ to come with me to the temple/ he had been reluctant./ No error. I think instead of 'had been', there should be 'was'. Even the answer key points that the error is in the 'he ...
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"He had a gun." or "He has had a gun."

What is the difference between the sentences He had a gun. and He has had a gun. I think when you are saying about the past why don't you just say it as "He had a gun" instead of ...
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English's imperfect tense and its imperfection

It just occurred to me that in English, when we use what Spanish would refer to as the "imperfect tense", we are actually adding a mode of termination to the action. Whereas in Spanish, there is no ...
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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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It had been a long time since + Past Perfect or Past Simple

I would like to know which one is correct when the structure refers to a past event. Past Perfect + Past Simple - It had been a long time since I met her. Past Perfect + Past Perfect - It had ...
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Past perfect or past simple with before

Example 1 I've lived here all my life, and I've been through quakes before. But this one felt different — not because of how big it was, but because of all the bad things that happened ...
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"have had" and "had had" for possession

I want to make sure how to use perfect tenses (past and present) with have for possession: Suppose I bought a car a few month ago and I sold it today. Can I say: I have had a red car for a few ...
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Why is the Past Perfect not used here?

A quote from The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain: A devout lady who died, left money and contracted for unlimited masses for the repose of her soul, and also stipulated that this lamp should be ...
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He had left before you came

He had left before you came. He left before you came. Are the timelines same?
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Is the usage of tenses correct in this sentence - "two days had passed since she had last eaten or slept"

Two days had passed since she had last eaten or slept. Or should it be: Two days have passed since she last ate or slept. Or something else? And why? The combinatorial explosion of past simple, ...
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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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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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What is the difference between "had engaged", "had been engaged", and "were engaged" in this context?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed on Saturday that the registration of over 1 lakh companies which had allegedly engaged in suspicious transactions post demonetisation had been scrapped as he ...
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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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When should we use Until?

I had never traveled outside my country until I went to Disney World last summer or I never traveled outside my country until I had gone to Disney World last summer Until is followed by past ...
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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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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 ...