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    Default had sent / yesterday

    After I had sent an email to my friend yesterday, I received a reply from him soon after.

    Is the above sentence correct? Can 'had sent' be used together with 'yesterday'?

    I've the impression that when time is mentioned, the past perfect tense should not be used. In other words, 'yesterday' should not be in the
    sentence?

    If we want to retain 'yesterday', then the simple past tense should be used.

    After I sent an email to my friend, I received a reply from him. (without 'yesterday') Am I correct?

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    Default Re: had sent / yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    After I had sent an email to my friend yesterday, I received a reply from him soon after.

    Is the above sentence correct? Can 'had sent' be used together with 'yesterday'?

    I've the impression that when time is mentioned, the past perfect tense should not be used. In other words, 'yesterday' should not be in the
    sentence?

    If we want to retain 'yesterday', then the simple past tense should be used.

    After I sent an email to my friend, I received a reply from him. (without 'yesterday') Am I correct?

    Hi

    "Yesterday" is an adverb of time which is usually used with verbs in the past tense.
    Your first sentence is correct in this situation :one of the actions [had sent]took place before the other one[received], even if both actions took place "yesterday"
    The other sentence [both verbs in the past tense] is also correct.


    Regards

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    Default Re: had sent / yesterday

    In addition, speakers and writers these days tend to replace past perfect verbs with simple past verbs in structures like After..., ... . The reason being, "After" says it all.

    Ex: After I sent my friend an email, ....

    By the way, your example sentence has too many afters. Try something like,

    Ex: After I sent my friend an email, I recieved his reply right away.

    Moreover, since the adverb yesterday modifies the entire sentence, it'd be best - for the sake of clarity - to put it at the beginning of the sentence like this,

    Ex: Yesterday, after I [had] sent my friend an email, I received his reply right away.

    All the best.

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    Default Re: had sent / yesterday

    Thanks for the replies.

    Best regards

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    You're most welcome.

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