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    Which one is correct?

    The woman who bought her ticket two months in advance, paid 100 dollars.

    The woman who had bought her ticket two months in advance, paid 100 dollars.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    Not a teacher.

    Either one is fine. But you need to use two commas.

    "The woman, who bought her ticket two months in advance, paid 100 dollars.

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    Thanks, but I think when you do sth before another thing as above, we have to use past perfect form.

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    "Had bought" is probably more proper, but you will encounter it either way in real life.

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    hi,
    There is nothing before the other thing in your sentences. It just says 'two months in advance'. It does not says ' two months before the flight'

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    hi,
    There is nothing before the other thing in your sentences. It just says 'two months in advance'. It does not says ' two months before the flight'
    "In advance" is taken to mean a period of time before the thing being spoken about happens.

    I bought my train ticket 24 hours in advance - it isn't necessary to say "24 hours in advance of the time that the train was due to leave". It is simply understood that it means that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "In advance" is taken to mean a period of time before the thing being spoken about happens.

    I bought my train ticket 24 hours in advance - it isn't necessary to say "24 hours in advance of the time that the train was due to leave". It is simply understood that it means that.
    But you have not used past perfect in your example as you stated in your earlier example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    But you have not used past perfect in your example as you stated in your earlier example.
    What earlier example? That was my first post in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Which one is correct?

    The woman who bought her ticket two months in advance, paid 100 dollars.

    The woman who had bought her ticket two months in advance, paid 100 dollars.

    Thanks.
    Do you have the past perfect tense in your native language, Nathan? I'm sure some of your questions could be answered more usefully if we could deduce such facts as this.

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    Default Re: bought vs had bought

    yes, I do. For example : I had finished cleaning the room when he came in.

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