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    Are a little confused about tense shifting here. Are all three okay in spoken Englis

    A month before I left for New York I had told her that I could bring her stuff for her friends but it's gotta be in a box so I can check it in because I'm only bringing one carry on myself.

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    A month before I left for New York I had told her that I can bring her stuff for her friends but it's gotta be in a box so I can check it in because I'm only bringing one carry on myself.

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    A month before I left for New York I had told her that I could bring her stuff for her friends but it had to be in a box so I could check it in because I was only bringing one carry on myself.

    Are a little confused about tense shifting here. Are all three okay in spoken English?

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    Re: Are a little confused about tense shifting here. Are all three okay in spoken En

    A month before I left for New York I (had) told her that I could bring her stuff for her friends but it had to be in a box so I could check it in because I was only bringing one carry on myself.
    This one, without "had", is the only one that seems natural to me.

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