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    #1

    which senstence is correct

    - Had I known that you wanted to be hired by this company I would have advised you to take the accounting course
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    -- Had I known that you had wanted to be hired by this company I would have advised you to take the accounting course

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    Re: which senstence is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    - Had I known that you wanted to be hired by this company I would have advised you to take the accounting course
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    -- Had I known that you had wanted to be hired by this company I would have advised you to take the accounting course
    The first one is correct.

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    Re: which senstence is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first one is correct.
    Hello, bhaisahab.

    The reason you found the second sentence false, I guess, is that there is a lack of past refence. It's obvious that the sentence is direct speech. Suppse the time the words are said is now, then, there is only one time point referenced in the sentence quoted. Without a comparison in time, implicitly or explicitly, it's wrong to use past perfect here.

    I can't help thinking whether the use of past perfect tense will be justified in a different situation. Suppose I've just met a friend on my way home:

    Micheal:Hello, mate. What've you been up to?

    Ricahrd:I went to visit Sherlock this morning. He was surprised that you had tryed to secure a position in AIG. He told me that if he had known that you had wanted to be hired by that company he would have advised you to take the accounting course.
    I assume in the conversation quoted above, it's right to use had wanted.

    Thanks

    Richard

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    Re: which senstence is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, bhaisahab.

    The reason you found the second sentence false, I guess, is that there is a lack of past refence. It's obvious that the sentence is direct speech. Suppse the time the words are said is now, then, there is only one time point referenced in the sentence quoted. Without a comparison in time, implicitly or explicitly, it's wrong to use past perfect here.

    I can't help thinking whether the use of past perfect tense will be justified in a different situation. Suppose I've just met a friend on my way home:



    I assume in the conversation quoted above, it's right to use had wanted.

    Thanks

    Richard
    Micheal:Hello, mate. What've you been up to?

    Richard:I went to visit Sherlock this morning. He was surprised that you had tried to secure a position in AIG. He told me that if he had known that you had wanted to be hired by that company, he would have advised you to take the accounting course.
    Yes, that's right the use of the past perfect is correct there.

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