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    thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Hi. Could you tell me which tense should be used Past Simple or Past Perfect in the examples below:
    I thought you forgot/had forgotten about me.
    I thought you forgot/ had forgotten about today.( as in an appointment)
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    It's a question of context. Both tenses are possible, but they don't have the same meaning.
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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    It's a question of context. Both tenses are possible, but they don't have the same meaning.
    Could you explain?

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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    'I thought you had forgotten about me/about today' will almost always carry with it the idea that, in fact, you hadn't forgotten after all.

    'I though you forgot' could mean this too, but that doesn't make them interchangeable.

    One of an infinite number of possibilities would be if someone tells you that he always forgets appointments and then turns up on time for one. You could say to him, 'I thought you forgot appointments'. You can't replace this with 'had forgotten'.
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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    'I thought you had forgotten about me/about today' will almost always carry with it the idea that, in fact, you hadn't forgotten after all.

    'I though you forgot' could mean this too, but that doesn't make them interchangeable.

    One of an infinite number of possibilities would be if someone tells you that he always forgets appointments and then turns up on time for one. You could say to him, 'I thought you forgot appointments'. You can't replace this with 'had forgotten'.
    Sorry, still not clear. Especially the first part about the idea of not forgetting after all. A little more help, please.

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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Ann: "Hi Elizabeth! Where have you been? I've been waiting for half an hour. I thought you'd forgotten about me!"

    Elizabeth: "I'm really sorry. First I missed the bus, then I discovered I'd left my phone at home so I couldn't call to let you know."
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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Ann: "Hi Elizabeth! Where have you been? I've been waiting for half an hour. I thought you'd forgotten about me!"

    Elizabeth: "I'm really sorry. First I missed the bus, then I discovered I'd left my phone at home so I couldn't call to let you know."
    How about examples like these:
    I thought I lost you.
    I thought we told you not to leave town.
    I thought we moved past this.
    I thought you left.
    That was a lot easier than I thought.
    Should any of them be used in Past Perfect?

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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    I thought I had lost you.
    I thought we told you not to leave town.
    I thought we had moved past this.
    I thought you left
    or I thought you had left.
    That was a lot easier than I thought.


    Examples:
    I thought you left before the second act. (We are discussing a play and you mention something that happened in act II.)

    I thought you had left before I arrived. (It turns out we were both in a museum at the same time. I didn't see you there but you just told me you had been there.)
    Last edited by GoesStation; 12-Mar-2016 at 19:25. Reason: Insert missing word
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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Hi.Shouldn't your first example be in Past Perfect too?Since turns out that the person was actually there during the second act.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Mar-2016 at 23:52. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: thought you forgot/ had forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    Hi.Shouldn't your first example be in Past Perfect too?Since turns out that the person was actually there during the second act.
    I re-read my post a little while ago and noticed that the sentence could also work with the past perfect. Let me try to improve it by adding context.

    I: "Hi, Andi! How are you?"
    Andi: "I'm fine, thanks. I haven't seen you since Waiting for Godot. Lucky sure made a dramatic speech, didn't he?"
    I: "I thought you left before the second act. Where did you hear Lucky's speech?"


    Note: Every sentence should end with an appropriate punctuation mark. If another sentence follows it, there should be a space after that punctuation mark.
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