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    Default hello everyone. Past present of past

    i have a question, which would be better on a news brief:

    The contract was ratified after that the Comptrollerís Office had rejected the only appeal, presented by Nortel Networks.

    or

    The contract was ratified after that the Comptrollerís Office rejected the only appeal, presented by Nortel Networks.

    thanks
    daniel

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    Default Re: hello everyone. Past present of past

    I'd say:
    The contract was ratified after the Comptroller’s Office had rejected the only appeal, presented by Nortel Networks. (without 'that')

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    Default Re: hello everyone. Past present of past

    but would the past also be correct ?

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    Default Re: hello everyone. Past present of past

    You could- we often use the past where the past perfect is possible.

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    Default Re: hello everyone. Past present of past

    Tdol thank you very much, have a great week end.

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    Default Re: hello everyone. Past present of past

    And you, Daniel.

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