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    Default didn't tell or hadn't told before

    1) "He asked her why she didn't tell him all about it before?"

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    2)"He asked her why she hadn't told him all about it before?"

    Both are correct? Which one is more usual to your ear?

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    Default Re: didn't tell or hadn't told before

    I would definitely use the past perfect there.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: didn't tell or hadn't told before

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    Default Re: didn't tell or hadn't told before

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would definitely use the past perfect there.
    I'm with Barb on this.

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