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    Hallo everyone'
    I have to complete the following sentences using Past Perfect Simple. Could you help me, please? Thanks in advance:)

    I had a shower, then Susie arrived.
    When Susie..............
    We swapped numbers, and the next day he called.
    The day after..............

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    We don't do homework.

    How do you form the past perfect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by indifferent View Post
    Hallo everyone'
    I have to complete the following sentences using Past Perfect Simple. Could you help me, please? Thanks in advance:)

    I had a shower, then Susie arrived.
    When Susie..............
    We swapped numbers, and the next day he called.
    The day after..............
    In any case, you can't have a Past Perfect Simple tense. It's either simple or compound; and the past perfect is compound because it uses an auxiliary verb. And you've compounded the error by making a three-letter initialism for your non-existent tense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In any case, you can't have a Past Perfect Simple tense. It's either simple or compound; and the past perfect is compound because it uses an auxiliary verb.
    I agree.

    However, indifferent's mistake is understandable. There are many otherwise reasonably sound internet sites that insist on labelling all non-progressive forms 'simple'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Nov-2013 at 20:36. Reason: typo
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    Thanks a lot, but passing over the name I'd like to ask you wheather the two transformation are correct:

    I had a shower, then Susie arrived.
    When Susie arrived, I had already had a shower.
    We swapped numbers, and the next day he called.
    The day after we had swapped numbers, he called.

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    Those are fine. The past simple also works in the second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree.

    However, indifferent's mistake is understandable. There are many otherwise reasonably sound internet sites that insist on labelling all non-progressive forms 'simple'.
    Yes, so I see. I was brought up with simple and compound tenses, in which, if a tense was compound, it wasn't simple. Now I see that some sites are also calling compound tenses complex. Sorry, indifferent, I guess you can call them what you like.

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