1. I shut the window before the bird had flown in the room.
2. I shut the window before the bird flew in the room.
3. I had shut the window before the bird flew in the room.
How could you say it? Will you give a correct version?
2. Before I shut the window, the bird had flown into the room.
We use the past perfect (#2) to describe a past event that occurred before another past event. However, the word "before" also establishes the sequence of events, making the past perfect optional (#1).
I shut the window before the bird could fly into the room.
I disagree slightly with Mike. I think a native speaker might well say #2 (with into rather then in) with the understood sense of my version.
Harry, you have been a member long enough to know that a better title would have been 'I shut the window...'.
'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
Last edited by 5jj; 20-Dec-2013 at 13:41.
What would you say to these sentences?:
Even before I had reached the counter, the angry voices of two women came to my ears.
But before I had finished this wearisome task, the cheque arrived out of the blue.
Then before I had gone a few yards I felt a tug on my back.
Before I had heard a dozen words, I was trembling with fear.
They are taken from British National Corpus... I hope the form ... before something had happened... is familiar to you.