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    too many past tenses!

    How do you like this sentence? Do you think it's too hard to understand?

    - John enrolled on Navy, but after a day he realized that what he had done was not actually what he wished/had wished.

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    Re: too many past tenses!

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    How do you like this sentence? Do you think it's too hard to understand?

    - John enrolled on enlisted in/joined the navy, but after a day he realized that what he had done was not actually what he wished/had wished.
    It's not the number of past tenses that's strange, but the meaning. I suppoose the underlined verb is best as 'had wanted'.

    I imagine that Navy life was not what he had expected - something rather different from what you wrote.

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