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    #1

    Past simple or past perfect?

    Which of the two verb forms should be used here?

    The Square is the historic center of the city. It had been/was a market place for several centuries. In the 20th century it got its modern look.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 29-Nov-2015 at 20:21.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Which one do you think should be used?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Is there a reason to capitalize "square" in that sentence?

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    #4

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Which one do you think should be used?
    As there is no some point in the past before which the square was the market place, I would use the simple past (was).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #5

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Is there a reason to capitalize "square" in that sentence?
    It can be any square, so there is no any special reason to capitalize it.
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    #6

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    A better title would have been It had been/was a market place.

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

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    #7

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    there is no some point in the past before which the square was the market place
    I think the following is a point in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    ​In the 20th century it got its modern look.
    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Is there a reason to capitalize "square" in that sentence?
    'The Square' could be a name.
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    #8

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    In Chicago, the main business district is called "the Loop". Normally, "Loop" is capitalized. I think the same logic could be applied to "Square".

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    #9

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    I was trying to ascertain whether "square" was part of a proper noun. It appears that it wasn't. Therefore, it should not be capitalized in this instance.

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    #10

    Re: Past simple or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    It can be any square
    I think the definite article would not have been used before it if it could be any square.
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