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    I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    Hi,

    Could you please advise which one is the correct English?

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    I had a dream last night that I had been teleported to another planet to live with humanoid aliens.

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    I had a dream last night in which I had been teleported to another planet to live with humanoid aliens.

    Should I use have been teleported or had been teleported in a dream scenario?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    No, you can either use "was teleported" or "had been teleported" but not "have been" teleported.

    If when the dream started you were already there, use "had been" because it was a past action before the rest of the dream (which you would also tell in the past) took place.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    In 1. 'that' is wrong. I'm not a fan of 'in which', though it's clearer than 'that...in' (where the separation between the that and the in is great. I'd break it up into two sentences or two co-ordinate clauses: 'I had a dream last night, and in my dream I had...' - had is right.

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    Iamtime, your thread title is better than either of your alternative sentences.

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In 1. 'that' is wrong. I'm not a fan of 'in which', though it's clearer than 'that...in' (where the separation between the that and the in is great. I'd break it up into two sentences or two co-ordinate clauses: 'I had a dream last night, and in my dream I had...' - had is right.

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    Thank you. I should learn to break up all my long sentences! lol

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Iamtime, your thread title is better than either of your alternative sentences.

    Rover
    Thanks Rover. I think the same too!

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    Re: I dreamed I had been teleported to another planet

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Iamtime, your thread title is better than either of your alternative sentences.

    Rover
    Agreed!

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