Retired English Teacher
In the sentence below, which is correct, A or B? Thank you.
My boyfriend asked me whether I (A. ever had B. had ever had) a crush on one of my teachers in high school.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
They are both correct, both heard millions of times a day in common speech. In my opinion A is becoming more common than B (much more common where I live) as people continue disusing the pluperfect, or past perfect tense.
Yes, I can tell from my own experience that that is the case. That said, I'd still encourage students to go with the traditional grammar rules and use a pluperfect in situations like this.
That is true, but as I said earlier, being a student often requires applying the rules that are taught at school. It so happens that I've been asked a similar question on several occasions and the only answer I would have was for them to stick to the rules prescribed in their textbooks.
I once stumbled upon a book by Oxford in which it read that 'a past simple is sometimes used in place of a past perfect' when referring to past situations, which isn't any help. I'm all for it, just like you are, to tell others that you use a past perfect if the context needs it, for the sake of clarity, if you like.