# simple past and past perfect tense

• 13-Jan-2012, 14:06
aysaa
simple past and past perfect tense
Hi,

He took a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

vs

He had taken a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

Do we need to use past perfect tense in the first sentence?

Thank you...
• 13-Jan-2012, 14:17
Barb_D
Re: simple past and past perfect tense
Quote:

Originally Posted by aysaa
Hi,

He took a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

vs

He had taken a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

Do we need to use past perfect tense in the first sentence?

Thank you...

He had taken a shower to hours after he ran 2 kilometers, so he was nice and relaxed when Jenny arrived an hour later.
• 13-Jan-2012, 14:28
shannico
Re: simple past and past perfect tense
[QUOTE=aysaa;843645]Hi,

He took a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

vs

He had taken a shower two hours after he ran 2 kilometres.

In sentence n.2 I wouldn't use the past perfect there. If anything I'd use it in the second clause, since first he ran (previous action) and then he took a shower.

He took a shower after he had run 2 km

However you could also say

He took a shower after he ran 2km

Here you could use the simple past very easily since after is a time marker and tells you exactly what action happens first.

Alternatively

You could simply use the past simple as it is a sequence of actions you are talking about.

He ran two kilometres. Then two hours later he took a shower.

Hope it helps.
• 13-Jan-2012, 14:56
5jj
Re: simple past and past perfect tense
Similar questions are discussed here: Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple

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