I'm having problems with the following task:
"I must say I didn't regret when I heard that Bob Hope was being recalled from the Committee. He ______ my views ever since he became a member. I didn't know I'd be leaving only two months after him."
The suggested answer is " (he) had been opposing". What confuses me is the fact that past perfect refers to events that occurred way before ones described with past simple. As far as I know, it is not just the past form of present perfect, is it? :) Then the sentence would suggest that he had been opposing his views BEFORE he even became the member!
I understand the use of past perfect in sentences like "They fired me before I even had had a chance to explain!", because it shows that the person should have had the chance, and they just didn't want to listen :) But here? :(
Last edited by White_Russian94; 22-Nov-2012 at 15:10.
So, just to make sure, the only thing that matters is that he had been opposing his views before he was recalled? And that's where the past perfect came from?