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    Default past simple or past perect - which one is correct here

    Hello,

    I need some help with the following two lines.

    "By the end of 2011, the area of the Energy-Efficient Buildings had totaled up to ____ million square meters, the scale of which had ranked the top of the country. Accounting for ____% of the total area of buildings in the country, the area of the Energy-Efficient Buildings had been much higher than the national level."

    The above lines are a part of a presentation. According to this video past perfect is used in reported speech. But I am confused about whether it is OK to use "had ranked" / "had been" here, or should it be past simple - "ranked" / "were".


    Please note: I have asked a different question regarding the above lines here. The question is about the usage of 'top of the country' or 'top in the country'. I hope it is OK to post these as two separate posts. If not, please close this and I will include this question in the earlier post.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: past simple or past perect - which one is correct here

    Hello,

    Can someone please help with this one?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: past simple or past perect - which one is correct here

    There are issues with the whole thing.

    What does this mean? the scale of which had ranked the top of the country]
    What does this mean? the area of the Energy-Efficient Buildings had been much higher than the national level - higher than what?

    Do you mean energy-efficient new construction compared to normal new construction? You can't be comparing it to all buildings in the entire city, can you?

    As for the sentences, I can't see a need for past perfect, but without knowing what you mean to say, it's hard to correct.

    If this is a presentation (i.e., a PowerPoint-type slide), these sentences are way too long.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: past simple or past perect - which one is correct here

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are issues with the whole thing.

    What does this mean? the scale of which had ranked the top of the country]
    What does this mean? the area of the Energy-Efficient Buildings had been much higher than the national level - higher than what?

    Do you mean energy-efficient new construction compared to normal new construction? You can't be comparing it to all buildings in the entire city, can you?

    As for the sentences, I can't see a need for past perfect, but without knowing what you mean to say, it's hard to correct.

    If this is a presentation (i.e., a PowerPoint-type slide), these sentences are way too long.
    Barb_D, thank you for responding. This is a translation by someone and I was helping in proofreading it. So I am not very clear about the intended meaning.

    I am not quite sure about the 'scale of' part.

    >Do you mean energy-efficient new construction compared to normal new construction?

    I think this is the intended meaning.

    Thank you regarding your feedback about long sentences. I don't know if this is a PPT presentation or some kind of report.

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