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    1)"He told me that he had travelled for nearly two months,was in different towns and saw many different things."

    Is it acceptable? Or it has to be "he had travelled.....,had been in...... and had seen......"
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    Default Re: Past Perfect to Past Simple in one sentence

    The use of the past perfect is correct.

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    Default Re: Past Perfect to Past Simple in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The use of the past perfect is correct.

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    How about Past Perfect mixed up with Past Simple? Some "old grammar texbooks" say it's incorrect to use Past Perfect and Past Smple in the same sentence?

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    Default Re: Past Perfect to Past Simple in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about Past Perfect mixed up with Past Simple? Some "old grammar texbooks" say it's incorrect to use Past Perfect and Past Smple in the same sentence?
    You can also find textbooks which say that in a series such as you presented, you can begin with the past perfect and continue with the past simple. In that light, I would find your original sentence acceptable.

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    Default Re: Past Perfect to Past Simple in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You can also find textbooks which say that in a series such as you presented, you can begin with the past perfect and continue with the past simple. In that light, I would find your original sentence acceptable.
    You got ten mega points for your clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You can also find textbooks which say that in a series such as you presented, you can begin with the past perfect and continue with the past simple. In that light, I would find your original sentence acceptable.
    What would you say nowadays?

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    Default Re: Past Perfect to Past Simple in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"He told me that he had travelled for nearly two months,was in different towns and saw many different things."

    Is it acceptable? Or it has to be "he had travelled.....,had been in...... and had seen......"
    You can also use the simple past 'travelled' along with the other simple past verbs.

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