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    A) I had wanted/planned to go to her house but could go due to some personal problems.

    Is it essential to use HAD before wanted/planned or just using wanted/planned will also do.

    and if 'HAD' has to be used here then 'WHY'.

    B) I would belying if I said that I can explain this topic on the phone. ---is the sentence correct? if yes, why to use past tense after 'I would be lying if I' - is it a conditional sentence?


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    Re: tense

    I had wanted/ planned.........., but could NOT go...........

    You use "had" to indicate past perfect. This is necessary to indicate a time prior to the time you were unable to go.

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