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    Past Perfect 4

    Dear teachers,

    Same question as in "past perfect 1, 2 & 3":

    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 walked ten miles, he complained of sore feet.

    b) Before we walked ten miles he had complained of sore feet.

    c) Before we walked ten miles, he complained of sore feet.

    d) He had complained of sore feet before we walked ten miles.

    e) Before he complained of getting sore feet, we had walked ten miles.

    f) After we had walked ten miles, he complained of getting sore feet.

    Thank you very much indeed,
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    Re: Past Perfect 4

    These also seem extremely familiar. You don't trust me, Hela?

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    Re: Past Perfect 4

    Dear teachers,

    Please start from my post "past perfect 1" to understand my point.

    Same questions as in post 3.

    I don't understand why a) should be correct and not b) and d) since the fact of complaining happened before the ten mile walk. (do I need a hyphen here?)

    a) Before we had walked ten miles, he complained of sore feet.

    b) Before we walked ten miles he had complained of sore feet.
    d) He had complained of sore feet before we walked ten miles.

    Same question as in post 3 again, if the following sentences are correct, why shouldn't b) and d) ?

    e) Before he complained of getting sore feet, we had walked ten miles.

    f) After we had walked ten miles, he complained of getting sore feet.

    I must be wrong but I really don't see why!

    HELP! Pleeeeease.
    Hela

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