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    #1

    a ery confusing sentence :)

    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? :(
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    Re: a ery confusing sentence :)

    Quote Originally Posted by White_Russian94 View Post
    I'm having problems with the following task:

    "I must say I didn't regret it 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? :(
    I believe that you are trying to read more into this than is necessary.
    "He had been opposing"
    When did this begin?
    "ever since he became a member"
    Did he oppose my views before he became a member?
    There is no indication of that in the text.

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    #3

    Re: a ery confusing sentence :)

    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?

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