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    ''hadn't met'' question

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    Potter was Mrs. Dursley's sister, but they hadn't met for several years;'' The correct time wound't be a simple past?

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

    For which clause?

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

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    Hello, Guilhermehm:

    I believe that "hadn't met" is the correct tense.

    Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Dursley had a meeting in 1995.

    They then had another meeting in 2000.


    So we can say: "When Mrs. Potter met her sister in 2000, they had not met for several years."

    The past ("did not meet") would not be appropriate.

    But look at this sentence:

    "After Mrs. Potter met her sister in 2000, they did not meet (again) for several years (maybe in 2005)."



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    P.S. Don't forget: we are writing these sentences in 2015. So we are describing something that happened in the past.

    P.P.S. And when Mrs. Potter met her sister in 2000, maybe she said something like this to her sister: "Oh, I am so happy to see you. We have not met for several years. Let's have a wonderful time during our two-week reunion."

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

    Your original sentence is correct. The first clause is in the simple past; the second is in the past perfect, which indicates that it happened prior to the first clause. All of the made-up dates below are irrelevant.

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

    But there's no indication on the book that they have a meet firstly... that's why I think the time is not correct. Does anyone consider that?

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

    I haven't read the book. I can only deal with the sentence.

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    Re: ''hadn't met'' question

    If Mrs Potter and Mrs Dursley are sisters (as the first sentence says), it is extremely unlikely that they have not met previously! It is equally possible that two sisters might not meet each other for several years - they are plenty of possible reasons for that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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