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    Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    Dear all,

    I am struggling with choosing the right tense for the following sentence.

    Since I started to study and had no time for my dog, I had been looking forward to the next phase of my life when I would have my own family and enough time to have a dog again.

    Now the person already is in the next phase of life. It refers to the past. Is the past perfect correct?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    It works for me.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    The mix of tenses does not work for me unless the the speaker is in the phase of life following that in which they would have their own family and enough time to have a dog of their own. A past perfect normally requires three times to be understood: the time of speaking, a past time point/period and an earlier past time point/period.
    Last edited by Piscean; 11-Feb-2016 at 17:30. Reason: typo - spacing

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    #4

    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    I don't agree.

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    #5

    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    I think it means this:

    "As/Because I (had) started to study and had no time for my dog, I was looking forward to the next phase of my life when I would have my own family and enough time to have a dog again."

    Am I correct?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't agree.
    Is that all you've got? There are several propositions in Piscean's post. You don't even say which you disagree with.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    It doesn't sound right to me. You need to reference something after the action of the past perfect, as below.

    [Ever] since I started to study and had no time for my dog, I had been looking forward to this phase of my life. Now I have my own family and enough time to have a dog again.

    What you've written means the same, but it doesn't sound/read right.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "As/Because I (had) started to study and had no time for my dog ....
    I think 'Since' there refers to a point in time rather than a reason. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'Since' there refers to a point in time rather than a reason. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    It could be either, but I don't think it matters in regard to the grammaticality of the rest of the sentence.

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    Re: Since I started to study I had been looking forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    [Ever] since I started to study and had no time for my dog, I had been looking forward to this phase of my life. Now I have my own family and enough time to have a dog again.
    May I add 'the start of', a past time point, before 'this phase', the present time?
    I am not a teacher.

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