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    #1

    Tense

    Please, check...
    I was surprise when I found out that she had changed her mind.
    Is "had changed" correct or I should use "has changed"?

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    #2

    Re: Tense

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    In my opinion, the past perfect tense is used correctly.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 19-Nov-2013 at 19:23.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Tense

    I was surprised when I found out that she had changed her mind.

    That's fine, but the present perfect is also possible.

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    #4

    Re: Tense

    Please explain for me, why it will be possible if previous verbs are in the past tense?

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    #5

    Re: Tense

    There is zero doubt that the act of changing her mind occurred before your surprise. The past perfect does not add information. When there is no doubt about the order of the actions, you can usually use simple past.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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