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    past perfect con.

    Hi,

    I have seen a sentence on internet, and I want to share it with you. I don't know whether it is ok or not.

    -He had been skiing between 2 pm and 4 pm yesterday.

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    #2

    Re: past perfect con.

    It's a sentence in the past about a repeated/continuous action that happened before another event in the past.
    For instance you could come across it in indirect speech

    I met Jack earlier and he told me (most recent past event) he had been skiing (previous past event) between 2 and 4 pm yesterday.


    Hope it helps

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    Re: past perfect con.

    Can we use past perfect cont. tense with a specific time such as 'between 2 and 4 pm '?

    I think it is better to say.

    -He was skiing between 2 pm and 4 pm yesterday.

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    Re: past perfect con.

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Can we use past perfect cont. tense with a specific time such as 'between 2 and 4 pm '?

    I think it is better to say.

    -He was skiing between 2 pm and 4 pm yesterday.


    Yes you are right. I'll amend it to

    He told me he had skied between 2 and 4 pm yesterday.

    or if on its own, as you said

    He was skiing between 2 and 4 pm yesterday.

    Apologies.

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    Re: past perfect con.

    "I met Jack earlier and he told me (most recent past event) he had been skiing (previous past event) between 2 and 4 pm yesterday."
    This is perfectly correct.

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    Re: past perfect con.


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    #7

    Re: past perfect con.

    Sorry, it was past perfect progressive with any specific time. Because between 2 and 4 pm is a specific time for it.

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    Re: past perfect con.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I met Jack earlier and he told me (most recent past event) he had been skiing (previous past event) between 2 and 4 pm yesterday."
    This is perfectly correct.
    Hi Aysaa,
    I found this link which is pretty clear.
    reported.

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    #9

    Re: past perfect con.

    Past continuous
    She said, "I was teaching English at 5 pm. yesterday.

    Past perfect continuous
    She said she had been teaching at 5 pm the day before yesterday.

    So, is that ok?
    Last edited by aysaa; 20-Jan-2012 at 13:52.

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    Re: past perfect con.

    The UsingEnglish.com site has several English Usage Articles , including Indirect (Reported) Speech

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