Both tenses work for me.
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Would it be possible to help me with these two sentences?
In both of them I am curious about whether or not I can use both past simple and past perfect - I understand that there would be a slight difference in the meaning then.
- French Open 1995 had been (was) the best tournament until the US Open final played in 2004.
- I didn't break* (hadn't broken ) him until the very end.
*break somebody's serve - this comes from the game of tennis
P.S. If I had to decide whether or not it is possible to use both tenses....I would not use the past perfect as it doesn't sound good to my ears in that sentence.
Thank you very much.
Please tell what would be the difference between :
I had not broken him until the very end and I didn't break him until the very end.
It's clear what the second one means. Without proper context I can't figure out the first one.
The difference involves timing. One of the most common uses of the past perfect is staging the timing of events in the past. The past perfect verb happens before the simple past verb. Your sentence has no context, so it is not clear.
Ok I will try to create some context.
I played an incredibly tough match against Hewitt two years ago at Australian Open. I was two sets to low and thought it would be the worst match I had ever played in. I was right. Almost right. I hadn't broken/didn't break Hewitt' s serve until the very end. However then something changed. I don't know how I did it but I took the third set and managed to win the whole match. I couldn't believe it...
Simple past works fine there.
Simple past and past perfect are not interchangeable.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.