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    Past Perfect Tense

    Which sentence is correct?

    1). Before the fox had eaten all the chickens, the farmer killed it.
    2). Before the fox ate all the chickens, the farmer had killed it.


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    Last edited by Nepo; 17-Jun-2014 at 08:23.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    Neither one. It's not clear what you are trying to say.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    Do you mean "the farmer had killed the fox before it attempted to eat all the chickens" or "the farmer had killed all the chickens before the fox ate them"?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    How about "Before the fox could eat (all) the chickens, the farmer killed them"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    Do you mean: The farmer slaughtered the chickens before the fox was able to eat them.
    or
    Do you mean: The farmer killed the fox before it could eat the chickens.
    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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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The farmer slaughtered the chickens before the fox was able to eat them.
    I think slaughtered chickens could still be eaten by the fox, am I wrong?

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    You're not wrong.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    One must assume the farmer slaughters the chickens for the purpose of eating or selling them, not to make it easier for the fox to have its meal.
    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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    #9

    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither one. It's not clear what you are trying to say.
    I am trying to say that:-

    The fox had eaten some chicken, then the farmer discovered it and killed the fox (so that the fox would not be able to eat the rest of the chicken).

    So, which sentence below is able to fit the situation above:-

    1). Before the fox had eaten all the chickens, the farmer killed it.
    2). Before the fox ate all the chickens, the farmer had killed it.

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    #10

    Re: Past Perfect Tense

    The farmer killed the fox before it could eat all the chickens.

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