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    Did I do what I said I would?

    Did I do what I said I would?


    I saw this sentence from someone email signature.


    I am not sure whether the grammar is correct. (especially the blue color)









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    #2

    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Looks fine to me. What do you think is not right?

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    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Looks fine to me. What do you think is not right?

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    Oh, sorry, I meant the tense not the grammar.


    In my opinion, it should be "Did I do what I had said I would"

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    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post
    Oh, sorry, I meant the tense not the grammar.


    In my opinion, it should be "Did I do what I had said I would"
    It is understood the action (do) came after the words (said). I think the past perfect is optional. The past perfect need not be used if the past tense is adequate.

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    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    It is understood the action (do) came after the words (said). I think the past perfect is optional. The past perfect need not be used if the past tense is adequate.



    How about this:

    E.g.
    You had learnt English before you moved to New York.

    You learnt English before you moved to New York.

    Are they correct and having the same meaning?

    If yes, then I don't need to use past perfect tense in most cases.

    And please tell me what situation must be used as past perfect tense not past tense.

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    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post


    How about this:

    E.g.
    You had learnt English before you moved to New York.

    You learnt English before you moved to New York.

    Are they correct and having the same meaning?

    If yes, then I don't need to use past perfect tense in most cases.

    And please tell me what situation must be used as past perfect tense not past tense.
    Both can be used. Though it is clear which event came first with the past tense, the 'had' in No. 1 does give emphasis to 'learnt.'
    I'd say use the past perfect when you wish to distinguish the timing of two events.

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    Re: Did I do what I said I would?

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post




    And please tell me what situation must be used as past perfect tense not past tense.

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    Here is some advice from L.G. Alexander in his very popular Longman English

    Grammar:

    There are instances in which we need to be very precise in our use of past or

    past perfect, particularly with when:

    When I arrived, Anne left. (at that moment)

    When I arrived, Anne had left. (before I got there)

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