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    past perfect or simple past?

    I answered an exercise given by my friend. One of the sentences was this:

    Why did he say he _______ the work when it was clear that he hadn't? (do)

    My answer was HAD DONE but I was told that the correct answer is DID. I don't understand this. T_T Can somebody explain it? Thanks.

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    Re: past perfect or simple past?

    The doing of the work took place before he spoke of it. The past perfect is therefore the natural tense here.

    Some native speakers are not so particular about using the past perfect as some grammar books suggest they are, so you might hear 'did'. However, the final 'hadn't' makes this very unlikely, in my opinion..

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