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    A question about tenses

    Is it:

    I hope the people who screened me understood what I said.

    or

    I hope the people who had screened me understood what I said.



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    Re: A question about tenses

    I'd use the simple past as the understanding happened at the same time as your speaking, not earlier. If they screened you first and then you spoke, the past perfect is OK, but I guess that's not the case.

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    Re: A question about tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by enthusiastic learner View Post
    Is it:

    I hope the people who screened me understood what I said.

    or

    I hope the people who had screened me understood what I said.


    I agree entirely with Tdol but note that if you use "who had screened me", you would start with "I hoped". There are multiple possibilities for this sentence, unfortunately!

    I hope the people who screened me understood what I said.
    I hoped the people who screened me had understood what I said.
    I hoped the people who had screened me had understood what I had said.
    I hoped the people who screened me had understood what I had said.
    I had hoped that the people who screened me had understood what I said.
    I had hoped that the people who were screening me understood what I was saying.

    I could go on. I won't. All of those, and more, are possible in the right context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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