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    Default Simple Past or Past Perfect?

    Hello eveybody,

    I have this sentence and I am not sure what to use, simple past or past perfect?

    When I got to the station, I realised I left the tickets at home.

    or

    When I got to the station, I realised I had left the tickets at home.


    since there are two actions in the past and one happened before the other, I am more in favour of the past perfect tense.

    Please, comment on the sentence. Thank you

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    Default Re: Simple Past or Past Perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by oranzo View Post
    Hello eveybody,

    I have this sentence and I am not sure what to use, simple past or past perfect?

    When I got to the station, I realised I left the tickets at home.

    or

    When I got to the station, I realised I had left the tickets at home.


    since there are two actions in the past and one happened before the other, I am more in favour of the past perfect tense.

    Please, comment on the sentence. Thank you
    Your right in your thinking - the second sentence is the better choice in terms of grammar.

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