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    Default Past perfect tense

    Hello

    We use past perfect tense in the following situations:
    a) completed action before another action in the past
    b) third conditional sentence
    c) reported speech


    But, if we see this example:
    Example: CCTV shows she had bought a ticket from Keshavpuram.
    (Keshavpuram-name of a place)

    The above sentence does not fall in any of the already mentioned categories or situations.

    Can we use simple past tense here?

    Please explain to me the difference between simple past tense and past perfect tense with examples.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    Hello

    We use past perfect tense in the following situations:
    a) completed action before another action in the past
    b) third conditional sentence
    c) reported speech


    But, if we see this example:
    Example: CCTV shows she had bought a ticket from Keshavpuram.
    (Keshavpuram-name of a place)

    The above sentence does not fall in any of the already mentioned categories or situations.

    Can we use simple past tense here?

    Please explain to me the difference between simple past tense and past perfect tense with examples.

    Thanks.
    Simple past would be OK. "CCTV shows (that) she bought a ticket from Keshavpuram."

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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    It is unlikely that CCTV could show that she had bought a ticket. It could show her buying a ticket and thus, as bhai said, it could show that she bought a ticket.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    But it would show that she had bought a ticket before whatever happened to make this a story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But it would show that she had bought a ticket before whatever happened to make this a story.
    I admit that I am being a little hair-splitting here, but it wouldn't. It would show only that she was in possession of a ticket. She might have bought it, found it, stolen it, been given it, etc,
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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    Hello

    Doubt

    If a conversation happened long time back and in the present time if we talk about that conversation then which tense we would be using.
    Simple present or past perfect

    Example:
    Remember you said it to me
    Or
    Remember you had said it to me.

    I find both these tenses very confusing.
    Somebody please guide me their correct usage.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    see post #11
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Feb-2012 at 13:46. Reason: link not working
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    Could you please send me some other link.

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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    Sorry. They were working when I posted them Let's try again.

    The Past Perfect


    Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple
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    Default Re: Past perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sorry. They were working when I posted them Let's try again.

    The Past Perfect


    Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple
    Working now.
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