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    Past Simple incorrect?

    • We had had that car for ten years before it broke down.
    • They felt bad about selling the house because they had owned it for more than forty years.
    • I had felt discomfort for a week before I finally decided to see my dentist.

    Is it possible to use Past Simple forms in the sentences above? , i.e. :



    • We had that car for ten years before it broke down.
    • They felt bad about selling the house because they owned it for more than forty years.
    • I felt discomfort for a week before I finally decided to see my dentist.
    Thank you

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    Re: Past Simple incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    They felt bad about selling the house because they had owned it for more than forty years.
    The past simple is fine in the first and third - 'before' makes the sequence of events clear; the past perfect is also fine. The past perfect is better in the one above.

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    Re: Past Simple incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    • We had had that car for ten years before it broke down.
    • They felt bad about selling the house because they had owned it for more than forty years.
    • I had felt discomfort for a week before I finally decided to see my dentist.

    Is it possible to use Past Simple forms in the sentences above? , i.e. :



    • We had that car for ten years before it broke down.
    • They felt bad about selling the house because they owned it for more than forty years.
    • I felt discomfort for a week before I finally decided to see my dentist.

    Thank you
    The first and third are fine (there is a subtle difference in meaning, but too subtle to worry about), but I would use the past perfect in #2.

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    Re: Past Simple incorrect?

    At last! I told you that I'd beat you to it soon, bhai.

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