When Lenka arrived, Martina left.
Can someone please try to make this statement clear to me.
I can't identify the tense of above statement.
I keep getting confused with the time line of the actions.
Lenka arrived and Martina left at the same time.
Can someone please help me to understand the tense of this statement.
Thank you for your help.
Last edited by 2006; 24-Jan-2010 at 03:48. Reason: adding (or sentence B)
To work out the tense of each clause, you have the verbs arrive/arrived/arrived, and leave, left, left.
Since there are no auxiliaries, you can rule out the perfect tenses.
That leaves the simple past (and perhaps, in some cases, a subjunctive).
There's no indication of subjunctive here, so the clauses are both in the simple past tense.
This is also the case in "I went to Rome, and Mary went to Paris".
You cannot extract the timeline from the information given in this case. But, as others have pointed out, sometimes you can.