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    aysaa is offline Senior Member
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    Default having done by / at

    Hi,

    1. I remember my father having brought home a huge Christmas tree last year at 5 PM.
    2. I remember my father having brought home a huge Christmas tree last year by 5 PM.

    3. I regret not having done that yesterday at 7 PM.
    4. I regret not having done that yesterday by7PM.

    I have seen some people say in some internet sites that we must use a perfect infinitive (to having done) when actions are completed before a time limit, so; they say sentences 2 and 4 are correct. However, I would like to ask if sentences 1 and 3 are OK or not.

    Thanks.

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    billmcd is offline Key Member
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    Default Re: having done by / at

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    1. I remember my father having brought home a huge Christmas tree last year at 5 PM.
    2. I remember my father having brought home a huge Christmas tree last year by 5 PM.

    3. I regret not having done that yesterday at 7 PM.
    4. I regret not having done that yesterday by7PM.

    I have seen some people say in some internet sites that we must use a perfect infinitive (to having done) when actions are completed before a time limit, so; they say sentences 2 and 4 are correct. However, I would like to ask if sentences 1 and 3 are OK or not.

    Thanks.
    Us of "at" in #'s 1 & 3 would indicate that the times stated were the precise/exact times at which the action(s) occurred (#1) or were to have occurred (#3).

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