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    #1

    He (had) lost it two days ago.

    1. John found his watch. He had lost it two days before.
    2. John found his watch. He lost it two days before.

    Are the above sentences both correct?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. John found his watch. He had lost it two days before.
    2. John found his watch. He lost it two days before.

    Are the above sentences both correct?

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    There are four sentences and they are all grammatically correct.

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    #3

    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There are four sentences and they are all grammatically correct.


    Bhai, I am seriously confused about using "ago and before". One Canadian teacher called Rebecca has taught that we cannot end a sentence with "before". I will take Winwin's sentences to show as examples.
    "He lost/had lost his watch two days before" according to Rebecca's teaching, this sentence must be wrong and the correct one must be like "He lost/had lost his watch two days ago"
    But Of course I have to say honestly that I have seen "before" using at the end of a sentence. So it's really confusing. You may understand my problem. I could have taken this on another thread but I thought this would be important for Winwin too as his problem is related as mine.
    Thanks,
    It's a surprise that Winwin has added his title as "He lost it two days ago".
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    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

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    Rebecca is wrong.

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    #5

    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    Rebecca is wrong.


    More confusion now. It's okay. Then please can you answer me if "before and ago" have the same meaning and they function the same?

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    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

    "Ago" and "before" mean "before the day we are currently talking about". They are not necessarily interchangeable.

    1. Today is Monday. I lost my watch two days ago. (I lost my watch on Saturday.)
    2. Today is Monday. On Saturday, I reported my lost watch to the police. I had lost it two days before. (I lost my watch on Thursday.)

    We wouldn't say. "Today is Monday. I lost my watch two days before" in place of sentence 1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He (had) lost it two days ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Ago" and "before" mean "before the day we are currently talking about". They are not necessarily interchangeable.

    1. Today is Monday. I lost my watch two days ago. (I lost my watch on Saturday.)
    2. Today is Monday. On Saturday, I reported my lost watch to the police. I had lost it two days before. (I lost my watch on Thursday.)

    We wouldn't say. "Today is Monday. I lost my watch two days before" in place of sentence 1.

    Now it's clear. What a nice explanation. Now I know how to use those two words.

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