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    Time Differences

    ''The next morning, after Christie’s car was
    found abandoned, there was a nationwide
    search for the missing author had started.''

    If I change to ''there was the beginning of a nationwide
    search for the missing author'' will be wrong not due to my acting to a past tense, but because the search would happen at the same time Christie's car was found right? So I should rewrite to: The next morning, after Christie's car had been found abandoned, there was a nationwide....''


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    Re: Time Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    ''The next morning, after Christie’s car was
    found abandoned, there was a nationwide
    search for the missing author had started.''

    If I change to ''there was the beginning of a nationwide
    search for the missing author'' will be wrong not due to my acting to a past tense, but because the search would happen at the same time Christie's car was found right? So I should rewrite to: The next morning, after Christie's car had been found abandoned, there was a nationwide....''

    ''The next morning, after Christie’s car was found abandoned, a nationwide search for the missing author started.''
    This is a much more natural way to write it.

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    Re: Time Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    ... there was a nationwide
    search for the missing author had started.''
    The part I have left above from your original is incorrect English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Time Differences

    Hi; But I'm not asking about what would be the best way to rewrite. To replace the earlier incorrect sentence to ''there was the beginning of a nationwide'' will be as wrong as it was because of the simple past tense?

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    Re: Time Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    Hi; But I'm not asking about what would be the best way to rewrite. To replace the earlier incorrect sentence to ''there was the beginning of a nationwide'' will be as wrong as it was because of the simple past tense?
    "There was the beginning of a nationwide ..." is incorrect, not because of your use of the simple past, but because it is unnatural English and is not how we would say it. This is why we keep giving you good ways of rewriting the sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Time Differences

    I still have the same time doubt as when I started the topic. I'm gonna search for the explanation about a grammatical error concerning my point.
    Last edited by GuilhermeRM; 06-Oct-2012 at 15:32.

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