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    past perfect vs past simple

    Which one of the following sentences is grammatically correct? And please provide an explanation for your answer

    ''When we met he was...|actually, entirely lovely''
    ''When we met he had been...|actually, entirely lovely''

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    Re: past perfect vs past simple

    Neither is correct.

    The symbol "|" is not a recognised punctuation mark and full stops are missing.

    The past simple is correct.

    Rover



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    Re: past perfect vs past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The past simple is correct.
    I agree, but ''When we met he was..., actually, entirely lovely'' is not natural English. We do not refer to people as being entirely lovely.

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