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    present perf. con

    Hi,

    I have been confused about something.

    1) Can you tell me what had you been doing before 5:00 yesterday?
    2) Can you tell me what had you done before 5:00 yesterday?

    Could you please tell me which one is gramatically OK? I know that we can use 'simple past or past cont. tense', but I just wonder if we can use those tenses or not.

    Thanks...
    Last edited by aysaa; 28-Mar-2012 at 00:34.

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    Re: present perf. con

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    I have been confused about something.

    1) Can you tell me what you had been doing before 5:00 yesterday?
    2) Can you tell me what you had done before 5:00 yesterday?
    Your word order was incorrect.

    Could you please tell me which one is gramatically OK? I know that we can use 'simple past or past cont. tense', but I just wonder if we can use those tenses or not.

    Thanks...
    3. Can you tell me what you were doing before 5:00 yesterday?
    4. Can you tell me what you did before 5:00 yesterday?

    You'd use the simple past for this unless there was some need for the past perfect. Is there?

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