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    Question Perfect tense are two events in the past?

    Hi guys. Can I have some help?
    Does a Past Perfect tense require two past events just like Perfect Continuous tenses?
    Compared to Perfect Continuous tenses, Continuous tenses do not necessarily require two events.
    I'm sorry if I can't give some examples because, I can't think of a good example and I'm more focused in the explanation that Past Perfect tenses are sentences where an event has been completed before another past event.
    Does it also apply to Future Perfect tenses?
    I hope I made it clear.

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    Default Re: Perfect tense are two events in the past?

    Does a Past Perfect tense require two past events just like Perfect Continuous tenses?
    No. Neither past perfect nor perfect continuous forms require two events.

    All perfect forms relate one situation in some way to a later point in time. There need not be two events.

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    Default Re: Perfect tense are two events in the past?

    Quote Originally Posted by 070281achilles View Post
    Hi guys. Can I have some help?
    Does a Past Perfect tense require two past events just like Perfect Continuous tenses?
    Compared to Perfect Continuous tenses, Continuous tenses do not necessarily require two events.
    I'm sorry if I can't give some examples because, I can't think of a good example and I'm more focused in the explanation that Past Perfect tenses are sentences where an event has been completed before another past event.
    Does it also apply to Future Perfect tenses?
    I hope I made it clear.
    Did you not read my response to your post asking about the Perfect continuous. I'll remind you what I said.
    The past perfect continuous tense does not need two events. I even gave an example to prove it.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ge...ous-tense.html

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    Default Re: Perfect tense are two events in the past?

    I do read about your post before, but It's about the "Continues" tense. What I'm not clear about using are the "Perfect Continues" tenses. Honestly, your response to my question about the Continues tense cleared my thoughts with regards to that matter and I'm very thankful for that. Anyway, thanks again for the help.

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    Default Re: Perfect tense are two events in the past?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkHenry View Post
    Until I came here, I had given it a thought.
    "Until I came here, I had given it a thought" is not natural. We say "Until ..., I hadn't given it a thought". It means "I had never considered this until xxx".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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