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    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.

    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I have done.

    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I did.

    Do the sentences mean exactly the same? Pls.

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    #2

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    1. I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.
    I do not like people mentioning something that I did at a time prior to a past occasion being discussed.
    It is not easy to think of a natural context for this; I think most people would use the words of #3

    2. I don't like people mentioning anything about what I have done.
    Whatever it is that I did, it is still seen as having some relevance to the present.

    3. I don't like people mentioning anything about what I did.
    Whatever it is that I did, the speaker is locating it in past time.


    Perhaps it becomes clear if we add:

    to #1: to get my degree (prior to the graduation ceremony ten years ago that we are talking about)
    to #2: in my time at this university (where I still work).
    to #3: last year.

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    #3

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    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.

    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I did.

    These two sentences are much similar, are they? Pls.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.
    I don't like people mentioning anything about what I did.

    These two sentences are much very similar, are they? Please.
    No.
    It's just that many speakers use the past simple in some situations when a 'careful' speaker would use the past perfect.

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    #5

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    "So what did the doctor say?" she asks.
    "Oh,he just gave me a prescription, but I'm not going to bother getting it. I'm all right now, just a bit of a cough.
    "Anything about your check-up? Have you heard when it is yet?"
    "No," My answer comes out a bit snappy, but I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.

    In this case, "what I had done" means "I went to see the doctor to get a prescription" or even before? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    "So what did the doctor say?" she asks.
    "Oh,he just gave me a prescription, but I'm not going to bother getting it. I'm all right now, just a bit of a cough.
    "Anything about your check-up? Have you heard when it is yet?"
    "No," My answer comes out a bit snappy, but I don't like people mentioning anything about what I had done.

    In this case, "what I had done" means "I went to see the doctor to get a prescription" or even before? Please.
    It is not clear from this short passage what is referred to. I assume that that the reference is to something the speaker had done to cause the need for a check-up and a visit to the doctor.

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    #7

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    I appreciate it.

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