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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Cool Sequence of tenses

    Hello!

    Which is better here, the past simple or the past perfect?

    "When I arrived, my father told me he was angry because the chemist said he didn't pay the bill/he hadn't paid the bill".


    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Will

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    Red face Re: Sequence of tenses

    Didn't pay the bill sounds vernacular

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    Re: Sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    "When I arrived, my father told me he was angry because the chemist said he didn't pay the bill/he hadn't paid the bill".
    Both are possible.

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    Re: Sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagrati View Post
    'Didn't pay the bill' sounds vernacular.
    Welcome to the forum, Jagrati.

    Please read the Posting Guidelines – especially this bit:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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