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  1. Newbie
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    Question How to use hoping for something in the past!?

    Hi guys,

    I'm a little bit confused! Is it right to say "I was hoping to see you once more before your departure" or " I was hoping to see you once more before you left" to a person who left somewhere for like a week ago?
    I mean he is already gone, and I want to express that I wanted to see him before his departure.

    Regards,
    Sepehr
    Last edited by ms_saber; 21-Apr-2011 at 09:39.

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    Re: How to use hoping for something in the past!?

    Quote Originally Posted by ms_saber View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm a little bit confused! Is it right to say "I was hoping to see you once more before your departure" or " I was hoping to see you once more before you left" to a person who left somewhere for like a week ago?
    I mean he is already gone, and I want to express that I wanted to see him before his departure.

    Regards,
    Sepehr
    I would say "I had been hoping..."

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