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    Question Using Past Perfect - confused

    Hi. this is my first post on this board so im pretty new here.

    * I wanna say that i overcame my depression by joining a gym. is the sentence below correct form of using past perfect? if not, whats the correct way of saying it :

    "I had overcome my depression by joining a gym"

    thanks in advance :)

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrjojo View Post
    Hi. This is my first post on this board so I'm pretty new here.

    (No asterisk was required here.)
    I wanna want to say that I overcame my depression by joining a gym. Is Does the sentence below use the correct form of using the past perfect? If not, what's the correct way of saying it?

    "I had overcome my depression by joining a gym."

    Thanks in advance. :) Unnecessary. Thank us (only after we have been helpful) by clicking on the "Thank" button.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please see my corrections to your post above. Remember to follow these basic rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.

    There are other rules, of course, but those are the basic. Please don't use textspeak/chatlish on the forum - "wanna" is not a word. Use "want to".

    In answer to your main question, why do you want to use the past perfect? There is nothing wrong with "I overcame my depression by joining a gym".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Sep-2014 at 07:51.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Hi and thanks for the heads up. I just want to know how I can put that sentence in past perfect form.

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Well, in that case, your original was fine. It works the same way as any other regular verb.

    (Present) I overcome my depression ...
    (Simple past) I overcame my depression ...
    (Present perfect) I have overcome my depression ...
    (Past perfect) I had overcome my depression ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    You need a reason to use the past perfect.

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You need a reason to use the past perfect.

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    "I was a depressed person, decided to join a gym and eventually managed to overcome my depression." past perfect suits this situation, am I correct?

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    You have not used the past perfect in that sentence.

    'I had overcome my depression before the earthquake struck.'

    'By the time the new term started, I had overcome my depression.'

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You need a reason to use the past perfect.

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    To explain or give a reason for something in the past.
    • I'd eaten dinner so I wasn't hungry.
    • It had snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive.


    Is it possible to use the past tense instead of the past perfect tense below?

    • I ate dinner so I wasn't hungry.
    • It snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive.

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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Is it possible to use the past tense instead of the past perfect tense below?

    • I ate dinner so I wasn't hungry.
    • It snowed in the night, so the bus didn't arrive.
    I may be wrong but I think we cant use past tense for these sentences.
    Based what I understand, using past perfect in the following sentence is probably correct? "I had been depressed so I joined a gym"
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    Re: Using Past Perfect - confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrjojo View Post
    "I had been depressed so I joined a gym"
    If 'depressed' happened before 'joined a gym', then it should be correct to use the past perfect.

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