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    Default past perfect + before + past simple.

    Good evening,

    I suppose I know the English tenses, but I'm a little bit confused:

    Is it correct to say: I had bought a book before you phoned.
    If it's correct I've the second question: Can we omit "before" and merely say: I had bought a book, you phoned.
    I think it's correct because the past perfect refers to the first action and I don't see any reasons to use "before".

    If I'm abosolutely incorrect I'll learn this thread and come back with new questions.
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    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: past perfect + before + past simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Good evening,

    I suppose I know the English tenses, but I'm a little bit confused:

    Is it correct to say: I had bought a book before you phoned.
    If it's correct I've the second question: Can we omit "before" and merely say: I had bought a book, you phoned.
    I think it's correct because the past perfect refers to the first action and I don't see any reasons to use "before".

    If I'm abosolutely incorrect I'll learn this thread and come back with new questions.
    Thanks in advance.
    You logic is pretty good, but the resulting sentence is not. It just leaves "you phoned" hanging.

    You can use the past perfect in the first sentence, but the word "before" makes the simple past tense a good choice.

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    Default Re: past perfect + before + past simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    If it's correct I've the second question: Can we omit "before" and merely say: I had bought a book, you phoned.
    I think it's correct because the past perfect refers to the first action and I don't see any reasons to use "before".
    It doesn't work for me either- how do the two connect? In speech, you could use it because you could make the connection with intonation and expression, but on paper it just looks weird.

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