Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Past Perfect 3

  1. #1
    hela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Tunisia
      • Current Location:
      • Tunisia
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,161
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Past Perfect 3

    Dear teachers,

    Same question as in "past perfect 1 & 2":

    Would you please tell me if there is a difference in meaning between the following sentences? If any one of them is wrong would you please tell me why?

    a) Before we had finished our meal, he ordered us back to work.

    b) Before we finished our meal he had ordered us back to work. (?)

    c) Before we finished our meal he ordered us back to work.

    d) We had finished our meal before he ordered us back to work.

    e) After we had finished our meal, he ordered us back to work.


    Best regards,
    Hela

  2. #2
    Mister Micawber's Avatar
    Mister Micawber is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    1,855
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Past Perfect 3

    Please refer to my previous post.

  3. #3
    hela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Tunisia
      • Current Location:
      • Tunisia
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,161
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Past Perfect 3

    Dear teachers,

    I am asking the same questions again.

    In these examples I don't understand why should sentence a) be correct and not b):

    a) Before we had finished our meal, he ordered us back to work.

    b) Before we finished our meal he had ordered us back to work.

    If I understand the message well the action of "ordering them back to work" happened before they "finished their meal" so why don't we say :

    "He HAD ORDERED them back to work before they FINISHED their meal." or
    "Before they FINISHED their meal he HAD ORDERED them to work." ?

    Besides, the following sentences do follow MY logic, do they? and they are still correct, don't you think?

    d) We had finished our meal before he ordered us back to work.

    e) After we had finished our meal, he ordered us back to work.

    Thanks a million.
    Hela

Similar Threads

  1. Is Yesterday a past time?
    By shun in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2008, 18:54
  2. Past tense
    By Amy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-Nov-2004, 09:50
  3. past perfect and past perfect contian
    By deer in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-Oct-2004, 11:17
  4. The Hidden Evidence: The Past Family
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 143
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2003, 00:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk