Write the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
I was embarrassed because she ______(arrive) before I _____(wrap up) her birthday present.
Book answer : arrived/had wrapped.
Students answer: had arrived/wrapped.
The book answer sounds correct but I'm really struggling to explain why.
If you take 'before' to mean 'a time earlier than', then the arrival is before the wrapping.
I also changed it to:
I was delighted because she arrived after I had wrapped up her birthday present.
I was embarrassed because she arrived after I hadn't wrapped up her birthday present.
This sounds terrible but is grammatically correct right?
Any help much appreciated.
Total English Upper Intermediate. It's littered with mistakes..!
I understand that both are correct, but I can't explain the given answer in terms of a timeline.
Last edited by Moncs; 16-Mar-2013 at 09:58.