Then, there came this sentence:
The daily exercises lasted only eleven minutes and I proposed to do them early in the morning before anyone had got up.
Lesson 50 New Year resolutions, New Concept English Book 3
I really don't know how I should make of this usage. A mistake on the writer's side? Or he or she is showing that actually sentences like this one do exist, however rare the cases may be.
Student or Learner