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    #1

    importance of the action

    "My grand grand father owned land and a small brick factory. In 1939 the land and the factory had been seized by the Soviets. When World War two was over my grand father had been put in a prison camp in Siberia."

    Is it possible to use the past perfect to emphasize the action in the past like I did in this contex.

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    #2

    Re: importance of the action

    /A learner/

    Let me try to help you.
    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "My grand grand father owned some land and a small brick factory.Correct

    In 1939 the land and the factory had been seized by the Soviets. It means that your grand grand father owned the land and the small brick factory in 1940 or later years. If not, then had been is wrong here.

    When World War two was over my grand father (had been put) was in a prison camp in Siberia."
    "had been" is wrong here.
    Is it possible to use the past perfect to emphasize the action in the past like I did in this contex.
    No.
    The Soviets won in 1945.

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    #3

    Re: importance of the action

    Oh ok now I get it thanks :)

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    #4

    Re: importance of the action

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    Let me try to help you.

    No.
    The Soviets won in 1945.
    The Soviets invaded Galicia in 1939. Than retreted as the German troops advanced and reinvaded in 1945.

    I meant that everything was taken away in 1939.

    I'd like to hear from the teachers.
    Last edited by ostap77; 28-Nov-2010 at 19:36.

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    #5

    Re: importance of the action

    Can we just clarify whether grand grand father is a typo for grandfather (one word) or perhaps you mean great grandfather.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: importance of the action

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You were not helpful in the previous post of mine.
    There are more fortunate ways to convey the idea to your interlocutor.

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    #7

    Re: importance of the action

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Can we just clarify whether grand grand father is a typo for grandfather (one word) or perhaps you mean great grandfather.

    Rover
    Yes. Sorry. Great grand fother. But the one who was sent to a preason camp was rand father.

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    #8

    Re: importance of the action

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    There are more fortunate ways to convey the idea to your interlocutor.
    You are right.

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    #9

    Re: importance of the action

    Great grandfather. But the one who was sent to a prison camp was my grandfather.
    Please proofread your own text before posting, Ostap.

    Rover

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