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    #1

    past perf. cont. tense

    Hi,

    Can we construct the sentences as I wrote below, because we can't say 'I had been believing you... or I had been recognizing her...'?

    -Don't worry...I had believed you when you told me everything happening between you and your boyfriend.

    -I had recognized her when you introduced her to me.

    Thanks...

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    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    We'd be far more likely to use the simple past, "I believed" and "I recognised" (BrE spelling) in those sentences.

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    #3

    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Hi,

    Can we construct the sentences as I wrote below, because we can't say 'I had been believing you... or I had been recognizing her...'?

    -Don't worry...I had believed you when you told me everything happening between you and your boyfriend.
    Don't worry, I believed you when you told me everything that was happening between you and your boyfriend.

    -I had recognized her when you introduced her to me.
    I recognised her when you introduced her to me.

    Thanks...
    You don't need the past perfect any more than you need the past perfect continuous.

    PS - This time 5jj beat me to it!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Feb-2012 at 01:35.

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    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Beat you that time, ems.

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    #5

    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Actually, if we put 'already' in the sentence, it may be better.

    -I had already known her when you introduced her to me.

    (It means, also before you
    introduced her to me, I had known her.) Is that right?

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    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Actually, if we put 'already' in the sentence, it may be better.

    -I had already known her when you introduced her to me.

    (It means, also before you
    introduced her to me, I had known her.) Is that right?
    I already knew her before you introduced her to me.
    I already knew her when you introduced her to me.

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