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    #1

    Possible or not

    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    OR

    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    Would there be any difference for you as a speaker? If the second one is grammatically correct, doesn't Past Perfect suggest a longer duration?

    "The meeting is over."

    OR

    "The meeting has already come to an end."

    Would there be a noticeable difference, If some used both in conversation?

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    #2

    Re: Possible or not

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    OR

    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    Would there be any difference for you as a speaker? If the second one is grammatically correct, doesn't Past Perfect suggest a longer duration?

    "The meeting is over."

    OR

    "The meeting has already come to an end."

    Would there be a noticeable difference, If some used both in conversation?
    What do you think abou this?

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    #3

    Re: Possible or not

    /A learner/

    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."
    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we have given him a call."

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    #4

    Re: Possible or not

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."
    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we have given him a call."
    What about teachers?

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