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Is the following sentence correct?
They had abandoned her long ago.
It is usually said that with 'ago' you can only use the simple past tense. If you want to use the past perfect tense, it must be 'before'. Is this the case?
I know there are people using 'long ago' with the past perfect tense, but I would like to know whether this is grammatically correct. Thanks.
I need an interesting event that had happened long ago.
Ofcourse, you can also say:
I need an interesting event that happened long ago.
So there is nothing wrong with your sentence grammatically.
However, it may be noted that past perfect tense is normally used to indicate that one action occurred before another action in the past. In other words, past perfect tense indicates the first of the two actions.* In such a case before is most appropriate and used at the beginning of the sentence. As:
Before I had finished my homework, the telephone rang.
Last edited by sarat_106; 07-Sep-2009 at 07:25.