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    simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    1) He handed in his notice last week.
    2) He had handed in his notice last week.

    Since there is "last week" I think that the simple past "handed in" is the most suitable, but is it grammatically incorrect to use the past perfect "had handed in" in this context?

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    Re: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    is it grammatically incorrect to use the past perfect "had handed in" in this context?
    I believe, it is.

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    Re: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Well, using past perfect might be incorrect, but why??

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    Re: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Well, using past perfect might be incorrect, but why??
    Past perfect indicates a situation that takes place before a given past moment and is viewed back from it. In your sentence the situation is described as past with regard to the moment of speaking.

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    Re: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) He handed in his notice last week.
    2) He had handed in his notice last week.

    Since there is "last week" I think that the simple past "handed in" is the most suitable, but is it grammatically incorrect to use the past perfect "had handed in" in this context?

    "He'd" Informal/improper but used everywhere especially by labourers like me(Using the word "labourer" since it's TABOO to say [...])
    Last edited by Tdol; 17-Jun-2011 at 08:02.

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    Re: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) He handed in his notice last week.
    2) He had handed in his notice last week.

    Since there is "last week" I think that the simple past "handed in" is the most suitable, but is it grammatically incorrect to use the past perfect "had handed in" in this context?
    As a stand-alone sentence, it's odd to use past perfect without another past event. In the context of a conversation, though, when you have just talked about the other past event, it might work just fine.

    A: Isn't it amazing about Tom?
    B: What? His promotion?
    A: Yeah! I mean, he had handed in his notice last week!
    B: I guess they gave him a counter-offer he couldn't refuse.
    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: simple past or past perfect? Maybe both?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman View Post
    "He'd" Informal/improper
    1. What does that have to do with the original question?
    2. Whatever gives you the idea that it's improper??
    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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