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    Past Perfect Tense.

    Dear teachers,

    I saw the following sentences in a poem. I didn't understand why first sentence is Past Perfect. We usually use the Past Perfect to tell which action happened first. There must be two actions in the past but in this sentence there is no two actions. Can you please explain that for me?





    His tears had neither stopped nor finished
    He had so much trouble that hadn't ever finished
    Last edited by ercantuncer; 10-Apr-2015 at 11:53.

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    #2

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    Maybe the preceding or following lines could give us a clue.

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    #3

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    The full version of poem is:

    Once upon a time I had watched a play somewhere
    There was a curled old man in that play
    Wearing ragged clothes
    Having meaningless glance in his eyes
    Being too old, having no energy left, and being deserted,
    Left alone, having lived nothing


    His tears had neither stopped nor finished
    He had so much trouble that hadn't ever finished
    Breathing was his profit, living was his only ambition
    Having played the greatest tragedy in the world
    On the life stage without curtains
    He had passed on, do you have a clue?

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    #4

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    I am not a teacher.

    Even allowing for poetic licence, this sounds very unnatural and non-native to me.

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    #5

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    What is the name of the author?

    On reflection — never mind. It's not worth spending any more time on.

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    #6

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    The only trace on Google is on a Turkish website. I assume it's a Turkish poem that's been (badly) translated into English.

    It's here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    Yes. The poem translated from Turkish to English. When I read English version I confused about the tense of the sentences. I thougt that an advanced English speaker translated this but you say it is badly translated so I will not think on this poem as you said. Thanks for your interest and I'm sorry for stealing your time.
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    #8

    Re: Past Perfect Tense.

    Please edit your posts to insert a space after every full stop (period).

    Note that a better title would have been His tears had neither stopped nor finished.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

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