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    Pas perfect+past simple

    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I'd been able to hear." OK?

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    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I was able to hear." OK?

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    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I've been able to hear." OK?

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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I'd been able to hear." OK?

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    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I was able to hear." OK?

    OR

    "Township was the only word among others she had said which I've been able to hear." OK?
    None of them is natural.

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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    It's mainly about what tense I should use following the past perfect? Can it be past simple? How would you put it? Is OK to change to ".........I could make out."?

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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    'Township could not be one word among others.

    Township was the only word she said...
    Township was the only one of the words she said ...
    Township was the only word of (all) those she said ...



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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    There's no need to use the past perfect here, right? Could I use the prsent perfect in the end "which I've been able to make out."?
    Last edited by ostap77; 30-May-2012 at 10:27.

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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    I don't know.

    Can you guess why, Ostap? I'll give you a clue - it's a seven-letter word beginning with c.
    Last edited by 5jj; 30-May-2012 at 10:05.

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    Re: Pas perfect+past simple

    Which would be..? I guess I could use the past perfect as in " .....which I'd been able to make out." Or is it better to use the past simple "....which I was able or could make out."?
    Last edited by ostap77; 30-May-2012 at 11:16.

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