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    #1

    past sentence

    "I killed him because he was the intruder" ("He" is the intruder)
    Does the tense of second clause depend on first clause tense?

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    #2

    Re: past sentence

    In this context, you need '...because he was an intruder'.

    Please note that a better title would have been I killed him.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: past sentence

    If the speaker tracked down and killed him some time after he had committed a crime as an intruder, would it be correct to say 'I killed him because he had been the intruder'?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: past sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In this context, you need '...because he was an intruder'.

    Please note that a better title would have been I killed him.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
    "He" should be an intruder in a specific situation

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    Re: past sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If the speaker tracked down and killed him some time after he had committed a crime as an intruder, would it be correct to say 'I killed him because he had been the intruder'?

    Not a teacher.
    "I forgave him even he had killed my son"
    is this right?

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    #6

    Re: past sentence

    No.

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    #7

    Re: past sentence

    Did the above 'No' apply to my question or the OP's or both?

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    Re: past sentence

    Both "I killed him because he had been an intruder" and "I forgave him even he had killed my son" are incorrect.

    I killed him because he was an/the intruder.
    I forgave him even though he had killed my son.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: past sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I killed him because he was an/the intruder.
    If the speaker killed him some time afterward when he was no longer an intruder, should 'was' still be used?

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    Re: past sentence

    What do you think, Matthew?

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