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    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

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    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o

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    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.

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    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.
    Why do we have to use had in the first sentence?
    Can we say " I only knew her for a week but I fell under her spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.
    Why do we have to use had in the first sentence?
    Can we say " I only knew her for a week but I fell under her spell.

    Thanks!

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    Re: tense

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    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o
    I agree with TDOL. For me, there is no need to use different tenses in the two clauses. This is not an example of two events that need to be sequenced in time. It is likely that both actions were occurring at the same time -- the knowing and the falling. I would only use the past perfect, if one is telling a story in the past. In the present, I would use present perfect.

    I have only known her a week and have already fallen under her spell.

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o
    I agree with TDOL. For me, there is no need to use different tenses in the two clauses. This is not an example of two events that need to be sequenced in time. It is likely that both actions were occurring at the same time -- the knowing and the falling. I would only use the past perfect, if one is telling a story in the past. In the present, I would use present perfect.

    I have only known her a week and have already fallen under her spell.

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