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    Post Correct tense!

    Could you help me with the tense please?

    I am writing a story about the birthday party. Firstly, when we came to the restaurant, the tablecloth was dirty, on the table there were not decorations, flowers or candles which I asked.

    Should I use in the sentence "I had asked" ? I booked the table in the restaurant first than it happened.
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Correct tense!

    You have my vote for "had asked".

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    Re: Correct tense!

    Quote Originally Posted by Martina Durisova View Post
    I am writing a story about the birthday party. Firstly when we came to the restaurant, the tablecloth was dirty, on the table there were not decorations, flowers or candles which I asked.

    Should I use in the sentence "I had asked" ? I booked the table in the restaurant first than it happened.
    Thank you very much!
    When we first got to/ arrived at the restaurant is a more natural start. 'Firstly' is fine if you are going to make a second complaint, beginning with 'secondly' or 'then'.

    The second part would be more natural as: 'the decorations, flowers and candles which/that I had asked for were not on the table'.

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    Re: Correct tense!

    Thank you very much!

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