Should the sentence be
"The Quiz had given me the opportunity to think..." or "The Quiz gave me the opportunity to think..."
How are these phrases different from each other?
Last edited by hugsandkisses; 03-Oct-2009 at 00:32.
Very subtle difference. To say the quiz had given, is to be specific in your meaning that by that time of the action you are discussing in the past tense, the quiz had already had its effect on you. You had actually "thought" before the event that you are going to describe.
I made a list and I went to the store. (Simple sequence of events in the past; it's not even absoutely positive that the list came first; they both just "happened"; if you want to establish a sequence, you would say "and then I went..." For example, "What did you do yesterday?" "I slept, I read, I ate, I washed" does not tell us the sequence of events, only a list of events.)
I had made a list when I went to the store. (The list already existed, having been composed sometime previously, but not necessarily around the same time as you decided to go to the store)
I had made a list so I went to the store. (Here, the pre-existing list was the reason you went)