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    Post Help!

    I had trouble answering a question that one of my adult students had asked me the other day. She asked whether the sentence 'The teacher asked him if he had brought the notebook.' or 'The teacher had asked him if he had brought the notebook.' are grammatically correct. I'm thinking that this a case of simple past tense vs. past perfect and that both are correct. Can some one clarify this for me? Which sentence is correct and why?
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    Re: Help!

    They could both be correct in context, though the second would require a bit more context for the use of the past perfect with the first verb. The natural choice would be the first sentence for indirect speech.

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    Re: Help!

    Hi Jess, and welcome to Using English.

    Please note that thread titles are really imporant. Just about eveyone need "Help" or "Has a question" but that doesn't tell us anything.
    You could have called thiso one "asked/had asked" for example.

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    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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