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    Question could you please check the grammar

    Hello,

    Could you please check the tenses?

    "The clock said 11.30. I had been in the office for two hours, and the phone hadn't rung once. Maybe I was in the wrong business.
    I put my feet up on the desk, and picked up the morning paper. The New York Hurricanes lost again. The police pulled two more bodies out of the river. Myra Halliday had just divorcedher sixth husband..."

    What does the expression "be in the wrong business" mean?

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    Default Re: could you please check the grammar

    I'd put these into the past perfect:
    The New York Hurricanes lost again. The police pulled two more bodies out of the river.

    If you're in the wrong business, you should be doing a different job because the pay or conditions are better.

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    Default Re: could you please check the grammar

    Why is it past perfect? Because it's the news which had happened before she started to read the newspaper?

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    Default Re: could you please check the grammar

    Yes. Also, the past perfect has been used before, so once the pattern has been set up, it makes sense to continue. We often skip the past perfect and just use the past, but once we've started, then it's better, IMO, to continue.

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