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    Passive, Simple past, Past perfect (Grammar Question)

    Hi,

    I want to have an explanation for the following, why we used (was locked) instead of (had been locked)

    Because the door (was locked), the policemen (broke) it down

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    Re: Passive, Simple past, Past perfect (Grammar Question)

    Both "was locked" and "had been locked" are correct and almost identical in meaning. The past perfect "had been locked" gives slightly more emphasis to the fact that somebody locked the door before the police arrived, while "was locked" is a simple factual report of the door's state when they arrived.

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    Re: Passive, Simple past, Past perfect (Grammar Question)

    powerhousebridge, please read this extract from the Forum Rules:

    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 in your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice provide the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.

    Thank you,

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Dec-2014 at 10:06.

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