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    Hello,

    Why did you erase the post on FB which i had written. ---are the sentence and usage of 'had' correct?

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    Rita

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    #2

    Re: tense

    • Why did you erase the post on FB that I had written?
    • Why did you erase my post on FB?



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    are Is the sentence and usage of 'had' correct?

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    #3

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    Which is also possible - and had is correct

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by rita_b View Post
    Hello,

    Why did you erase the post on FB which i had written. ---are the sentence and usage of 'had' correct?

    Regards,

    Rita
    It's unnecessary. "Why did you erase the post on FB that I wrote?"
    Your post could not have been erased before you wrote it, so there's no ambiguity. I don't see the need for the past perfect here.
    "Why did you erase my post on FB?" is just as good.

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    #5

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    Hello,

    "Thomas Hardy the great English poet and novelist had rightly said that happiness is an occasional episode in the painful drama of life.
    As you know trials and tribulations have their different manifestations, visual challenge is one of them".

    My question is : is it really required to use the HAD or simple past will do?

    Thanks,

    Rita

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by rita_b View Post
    Hello,

    "Thomas Hardy the great English poet and novelist had rightly said that happiness is an occasional episode in the painful drama of life. As you know trials and tribulations have their different manifestations, visual challenge is one of them".

    My question is : is it really required to use the HAD or simple past will do?

    Thanks,

    Rita
    On the surface, it's unnecessary, and wrong. But there could be something in the previous sentence that refers to another time in the past, which would make it understandable. We normally analyse grammar at the sentence level, but that's not always wise.

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    Re: tense

    1. I disagree with lauralie (Post~2); I think that are the sentence and usage of 'had' is correct. We have a plural subject (two singular nouns joined by and.
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    I agree with Raymott (Post #4) that the past perfect is not necessary in your original statement; however, it is acceptable.
    3. In the absence of further context, I would feel that the past simple would be more natural than the past perfect in your Hardy example. The previous sentence/paragraph might have made the past perfect more understandable.
    The 'rules' about the past perfect are far looser than some grammar books suggest. Some writers tend to use it whenever there might be some justification for it; others use it only when it is absolutely necessary.
    Last edited by Johnson_F; 14-Dec-2010 at 11:35. Reason: Misspelling of 'lauralie'.

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    #8

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    Rita,

    I was writing my last message while Raymott was posting his. Had I read his first, I would not have bothered with the first paragraph of my point 3.

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    #9

    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    • Why did you erase the post on FB that I had written?
    • Why did you erase my post on FB?



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    are Is the sentence and usage of 'had' correct?
    Is it possible, in this case, to say

    Why have you erased the post on forum board that I wrote.

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Is it possible, in this case, to say

    Why have you erased the post on forum board that I wrote.
    "Why have you erased the post that I wrote on the forum board?"

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