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    was / had been buying

    She bargained with the stall holder at the market as this was the first time she was / had been buying fish from him.

    Should I use 'was' or 'had been'?

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    Re: was / had been buying

    I think it is was buying...I think...

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    #3

    Re: was / had been buying

    "was buying" is correct.


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    Re: was / had been buying

    I would go along with "was"

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    Re: was / had been buying

    Many thanks for the replies.

    Best wishes

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    #6

    Re: was / had been buying

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    [FONT=&quot]She bargained with the stall holder at the market as this was the first time she was / had been buying fish from him.

    Should I use 'was' or 'had been'?
    I think neither answer is OK. I used to be taught that in such cases you normally use a perfect simple tense.

    "I can't believe it. This is the first time you've sat and talked to me like this. You hardly ever pass the time of day with me, you know, Charles."
    She bargained with the stall holder at the market as this was the first time she'd bought fish from him.

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