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    prevented vs had prevented

    Which tense fits better the passage below? Why?
    Suddenly the police showed up and caught Maria in a violent way; she made a sign trying to say something but the police officers ___________(prevented/ had prevented) her from doing it. She was taken to the patrol car.

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    Re: prevented vs had prevented

    prevented is suitable

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    Re: prevented vs had prevented

    Quote Originally Posted by jose rocha View Post
    Which tense fits better the passage below? Why?
    Suddenly the police showed up and caught Maria in a violent way; she made a sign trying to say something but the police officers ___________(prevented/ had prevented) her from doing it. She was taken to the patrol car.

    Thanks a million for your help.
    I agree with the simple past tense choice.

    The second part of your first sentence is odd. It has Maria making a sign and the police preventing her from doing so. Try: she tried to make a sign...but the police offers prevented her....

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