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    Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    My wife's bag of water has been broken.

    After the baby is born, we tell him "Your mother's bag of water had been broken at that time."

    When it past, the present perfect is becoming past perfect?

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    Do you mean "My wife's waters have broken"? That is what happens shortly before a woman goes into labour and starts to actually give birth. It's not "her bag of water has been broken".

    My wife's waters have broken. (Present perfect)
    My wife's waters had broken. (Past perfect)

    When your child is older, you might say something like "Your mother's waters broke while we were in the supermarket. We drove straight to the hospital and you were born just three hours later".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

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    The singular is also acceptable:

    "My wife's water broke this morning."

    I'm guessing that the singular is more common in AmE, since I've never heard anyone use the plural before.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    And I've never heard anyone use the singular. So there's another addition to our huge list of BrE vs AmE differences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    I can't wait to use it in conversation with my American friends.

    Again I ask, mampwamp, where do you you find these sentences you ask about here? There is always something a bit odd about them.

    If they are your own, what prompts you to write them?

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    #6

    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    That's good question.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    That's a good question.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    Medical people do not say "bag of water". They speak in terms of 'membranes' rupturing or being ruptured.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    Medical people speak of "water(s) broke". It is common in the language.

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    Re: Your mother's bag of water had been broken.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Medical people speak of "water(s) broke". It is common in the language.
    That's more 'patient speak', but the medical people speak to patients in various ways. 'water', not 'waters', but that's enough of that.
    Last edited by 2006; 19-May-2014 at 00:18. Reason: underline

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