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    when she had done ...

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    She counted sixty heartbeats; that would be about a minute. When she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes would have elapsed.

    Does it mean:

    If she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes would have elapsed.

    OR

    She had done such count for each finger and ten minutes elapsed.

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    Re: when she had done ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    She counted sixty heartbeats; that would be about a minute. When she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes would have elapsed.

    Does it mean:

    If she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes would have elapsed.

    OR

    She had done such count for each finger and ten minutes elapsed.
    Not a teacher

    To me it is almost like indirect speech for what would be:

    She counted sixty heartbeats; that would be about a minute. "When I have done one such count for each finger, ten minutes will have elapsed." She thought.

    Dying to hear a more learned opinion,

    M.

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    Re: when she had done ...

    So does this sentence express something that happened or is it just a supposition?

    She had already done the count for each finger or not?

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    Re: when she had done ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    So does this sentence express something that happened or is it just a supposition?

    She had already done the count for each finger or not?
    If it said "When she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes had elapsed" then it would be clear that she had actually done it.

    However, the fact that it says "When she had done one such count for each finger, ten minutes would have elapsed" shows that this is simply a statement of what will/would happen should she choose to do the count once for each finger.

    In short, she has not done it.

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