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    'since' followed by the past perfect

    Is it possible to use 'since' with past perfect?

    e.g. I hadn't talked with him since I had gone to Madrid.

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    Yes - although 'been in' would sound better in many cases.

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    But what's the difference ? I know that usually since is followed by the past simple therefore what's the difference if I use it with past simple or past perfect?

    e.g. I hadn't talked with him since I had been in Madrid.
    I hadn't talked with him since I was in Madrid.

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    But what's the difference ? I know that usually since is followed by the past simple therefore what's the difference if I use it with past simple or past perfect?

    e.g. I hadn't talked with him since I had been in Madrid.
    I hadn't talked with him since I was in Madrid.
    What makes you think that "since" is usually followed by the past simple?

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    That's how I learnt it at school(regarding the duration form).
    Last edited by allthewayanime; 23-Jan-2012 at 18:59.

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    Would it be correct if I use the past simple after since in the example above?

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    Re: 'since' followed by the past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Would it be correct if I use the past simple after since in the example above?
    Yes, it would.

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