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    #1

    Which is correct?

    Dear all,

    Which is correct of these two sentences and why?

    1. It seemed that the man was innocent. He had been telling the truth all along.

    2. It seemed that the man was innocent. He was telling the truth all along.


    Thanks,

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Both are possible. In that his telling of the truth had continued up to the past time referred to (in the overall context), the past perfect fits exactly. However, native speakers are not always so concerned about using the past perfect as some course books and student grammars would have us believe.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Nov-2013 at 23:18. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: Which is correct?

    nouananeer, FOR THE SECOND TIME TODAY, a better title would have been He had been telling/he was telling the truth.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    Did you not read that earlier?





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