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    Pesent Perfect or Past Simple?

    Is it correct to say in British English:
    "Last month I called a mechanic because my car broke down."
    or the only correct option is:
    "Last month I called a mechanic because my car had broken down."

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    Re: Pesent Perfect or Past Simple?

    They are both possible.

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    Re: Pesent Perfect or Past Simple?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note that a better title would have been My car broke down/my car had broken down.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

    In any case, your title is incorrect. The tenses are the simple past and the past perfect respectively.

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