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    Hello,everyone
    Could you help me with the answer to the following question? Which answer is correct? Tell me, please. Thank you.

    Emma hurried to her table in the school lunchroom because her mom _______ her about a special surprise for lunch before school.
    (A) told (B) had told

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    Default Re: the past perfect tense or the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello,everyone
    Could you help me with the answer to the following question? Which answer is correct? Tell me, please. Thank you.

    Emma hurried to her table in the school lunchroom because her mom _______ her about a special surprise for lunch before school.
    (A) told (B) had told
    Which would you choose?

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    Default Re: the past perfect tense or the past tense

    We don't give answers- we'll discuss them, but we don't provide answers to tasks.

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    Default Re: the past perfect tense or the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello,everyone
    Could you help me with the answer to the following question? Which answer is correct? Tell me, please. Thank you.

    Emma hurried to her table in the school lunchroom because her mom _______ her about a special surprise for lunch before school.
    (A) told (B) had told


    Actually, I'm not sure. Answer B seems correct, but Answer A looks OK, too. They puzzle me. Would you tell me which is correct, please? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Actually, I'm not sure. Answer B seems correct, but Answer A looks OK, too. They puzzle me. Would you tell me which is correct, please? Thank you.
    Is this for homework?

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    Default Re: the past perfect tense or the past tense

    I'd use B, but A doesn't strike me as wrong.

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    Default Re: the past perfect tense or the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use B, but A doesn't strike me as wrong.
    I agree.

    As I have noted in other posts, native speakers do not always use the past perfect when the grammar books suggest they should. I would advise learners to use the past perfect here. 'Before lunch' makes it clear that the telling happened before the 'hurrying', but some teachers and exam writers insist that the past perfect be used in such situations.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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