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    A matter of the past perfect tense

    Ahoy all!
    I have a sentence here: "The country was partitioned, and in the general confusion that was caused, millions of closest friends, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and sweethearts had got separated from each other.", and I'm curious why did the author use the past perfect form of the verb get in this part "had got separated" while it's describing things happened after the event of partitioning the country, and the main purpose of the past perfect tense is to emphasize that something in the past occured before some other event. So was it a grammatical mistake or I haven't grasped something about the past perfect tense?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Dec-2015 at 19:09. Reason: Removed box and formatting to make quotes easier.

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    Re: A matter of the past perfect tense

    I would delete two things from the text. One of them would be the "had" in "had got separated".

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    Re: A matter of the past perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Denisius View Post
    Ahoy all! Unnatural and unnecessary

    I have a query about this sentence here:

    "The country was partitioned, and in the general confusion that was caused, ensued, millions of closest close friends, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and sweethearts had got were separated from each other." and

    I'm curious about why did the author used the past perfect form of the verb "get" in this part "had got separated" while it's describing things that happened after the event of partitioning of the country. and I think that the main purpose of the past perfect tense is to emphasize that something in the past occurred before some other event. So was it a grammatical mistake or have I not haven't grasped something about the past perfect tense?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: A matter of the past perfect tense

    Please pay close attention to ems's corrections.


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    Re: A matter of the past perfect tense

    Because the answer is likely to be in the next sentence. "They had got separated". Then something happened.
    "They had got separated" is not good, but that's another point.

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