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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    correct English?

    I'd like to know which is better in English.

    'He lived from the late 19th to the early 20th C.'
    Or 'he had lived from the late 19th to the early 20th C.'
    Which is more appropriate in daily conversation or or are there any big difference?
    Both are OK?

    Is it also correct to express a similar situation as in the below?
    He was (or had been) active around 1,900s.

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    S Matsubara

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    Re: correct English?

    You use the simple past unless you have a reason for the past perfect. Do you have a reason for using the past perfect? This cannot be discerned from the sentence itself.
    Also, write "century".

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    #3

    Re: correct English?

    'You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect.'── quoted from https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...86#post1042786

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: correct English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect.'── quoted from
    In fact, you need more than that. The later event has to be related in some way.
    "I had breakfast, then I went to work." You would not use the past perfect for having breakfast simply because it occurred at some time prior to the next clause in the simple past.
    But, "I wasn't working well because I hadn't had breakfast." Here the past perfect is correct because the earlier event "not having had breakfast" is causally related to the later event.
    "I went to the new doctor in town because I'd been to the old doctor before and I didn't like her." - Good
    "I went to the new doctor in town because I went to the old doctor before and I didn't like her." - Not so good

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    Re: correct English?

    Also, please remember that thread titles should be relevant to the specific content of your post. The title should include some or all of the words you are querying. A good title for this thread would have been "He lived from the late 19th C" or something similar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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