Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. anupumh's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 1,110
    #1

    Exclamation Had read vs Read

    Hi,

    Which is more appropriate and why?

    I had read in a book that there are only two real tenses in English.

    I read in a book that there are only two real tenses in English.

    Out the above two sentences, which one has a better tense usage?

    Thanks
    Last edited by anupumh; 06-Oct-2009 at 17:22. Reason: silly mistake

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 620
    #2

    Re: Had read vs Read

    Hello,

    I am a learner, and I prefer the second sentence but I believe the frst one is correct too.

    I think 'read in a book', is more natural and logical.

    I wait the opinion about the English teachers.

    bye.

  2. anupumh's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 1,110
    #3

    Re: Had read vs Read

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello,

    I am a learner, and I prefer the second sentence but I believe the frst one is correct too.

    I think 'read in a book', is more natural and logical.

    I wait the opinion about the English teachers.

    bye.
    "read in a book" is simple past tense
    "had read in a book" is past perfect

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 620
    #4

    Re: Had read vs Read

    Hello,

    I understand the both tense, but I still prefer the second one. For me the verb 'read' is one action, and I believe you have read one time in the past and the action isn't still in progress.

    Maybe the best thing is to know the context. If you want to show us a connection between the past and the present, the present perfect tense is required but if in your mind your action do not have a consequence in present time the past simple is better, do you follow me?

    See you later.

Similar Threads

  1. Read
    By Abstract Idea in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2009, 04:52
  2. [Essay] How to read faster & to write better essays
    By kata1207 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-Jul-2009, 20:47
  3. read vs. study
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2008, 05:43
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Apr-2008, 00:16

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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