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    Hi guys,

    Please check this parah."Yesterday I spoke with my friend and asked him why he didn't give me money. He told me that his parents had asked him not to give out money so thats why he hadn't given me money and his parents had also asked him not to talk to me so that is why he hadn'y called me"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    Please check this parah."Yesterday I spoke with my friend and asked him why he didn't give me money. He told me that his parents had asked him not to give out money so thats why he hadn't given me money and his parents had also asked him not to talk to me so that is why he hadn'y called me"
    Your indirect speech is a very long sentence. While not technically a run-on, it would be better to break it into shorter sentences.

    (Why should your friend give you money?)
    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: Friend

    I think it was correct, but the reason of posting this is that I wanted to know that if I am depicting an incident to you like, "He told me that he had talked to her and she had given him advice". So if we are coming forward one by one then also we have to use "Past perfect", Is it correct?

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    Tufguy, please don't abbreviate paragraph as "parah". This is not a chat room.

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    Your use of the past perfect is fine.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 24-Jun-2014 at 04:24.
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    Wouldn't "your uses of the past perfect are fine" be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Wouldn't "your uses of the past perfect are fine" be better?
    Not to me. It's one post that consistently uses the past perfect throughout. I see it as a single use. But I would not object to your use of "uses" if you felt each phrase stood on its own.

    Oh, I see. I had a typo when I typed "perfect is" with an extra S. Deleted now.
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    But if we used "Past simple" in this kind of structure, would it be wrong?

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