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    Were not speeding vs had not been speeding

    Luckily, the vehicles behind were not speeding, otherwise the injured motorcyclist might have died.

    The above is from a local newspaper.

    Should the reporter have written "had not been speeding" instead?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Were not speeding vs had not been speeding

    They are both acceptable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Were not speeding vs had not been speeding

    Is the past tense 'were' acceptable because the context has made it clear that 'not speeding' happened before 'might have died'?

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    Re: Were not speeding vs had not been speeding

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is the past tense 'were' acceptable because the context has made it clear that 'not speeding' happened before 'might have died'?
    Yes, that's exactly right. There is no possibility of confusion, and were is more concise.

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