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    Hi,

    "He hadn't even told his wife about it yet"

    In a situation, he is dead. If so, if It says "He didn't even tell his wife about it yet",

    Would there be a difference in meaning? I don't think so....

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    #2

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    "Yet" doesn't work with a dead person.

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    #3

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    But the actor used in the situation. And your saying doesn't answer to my question, but thanks!

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    #4

    Re: had told

    That's the scriptwriter's fault — not the actor's.

    The word 'yet' implies that he will tell his wife at some future time. As he is dead, he clearly can't.

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    #5

    Re: had told

    I am not a teacher.

    The first version of the sentence, 'He hadn't even told his wife about it yet' does work if he's now dead. The second version doesn't work, as explained in posts #2 and #4.

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    #6

    Re: had told

    Okay. Then, suppose he isn't dead. He is alive. Then..

    He hadn't told his wife about it

    he didn't tell his wife about it

    what's the difference?

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    #7

    Re: had told

    Quote Originally Posted by katnoric32 View Post
    Okay. Then (no comma here) suppose he isn't dead. He is alive. Then..

    He hadn't told his wife about it.

    He didn't tell his wife about it.

    What's the difference?
    If there is another event mentioned, then "He hadn't told his wife about it [yet]" would be correct. If not, "He didn't ..." is probably OK.

    He had an affair in 2006. He didn't tell his wife.
    He was planning a birthday party for his wife for May 2014 but she left him in April 2014. He hadn't [even] told his wife about the party when she left.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: had told

    Thanks. If I say,

    "He was planning a birthday party for his wife for May 2014 but she left him in April 2014. He didn't even told his wife about the party when she left."

    Would it be wrong?

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    #9

    Re: had told

    Yes. 'He hadn't even told his wife about the party...'

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    Re: had told

    Thanks! Could you tell me the reason? I need a conceptual understanding...Sorry.

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