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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.
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.
But it would show that she had bought a ticket before whatever happened to make this a story.
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
Remember you said it to me
Remember you had said it to me.
I find both these tenses very confusing.
Somebody please guide me their correct usage.
see post #11
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