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    "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Hey, guys. How would explain the use of Past Perfect in this sentence?
    "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    What is the context?
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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What is the context?
    It's an example in the dictionary http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...n/english/move 1.2 Change one’s place of residence or work.

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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Isn't "ago" supposed to be used with past simple?

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    #5

    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    I think it could be followed by an act in the simple past like 'However, they moved away two months afterwards.'
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    #6

    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    I would use "ago" with the past simple and "earlier" with the past perfect.

    They moved to the house two months ago.
    They had moved to the house two months earlier.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use "ago" with the past simple and "earlier" with the past perfect.

    They moved to the house two months ago.
    They had moved to the house two months earlier.
    Does this mean that the dictionary provides an ungrammatical example? I actually come across such use of past perfect a lot when I look up a word.

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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    Hey, guys. How would explain the use of Past Perfect in this sentence?
    "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."
    By itself, it sounds strange to me. I would change "ago" to "before".
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    #9

    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    'Earlier' and 'before' might not fix the context. "The family sold the house they had moved to only four months ago."
    We don't know when they sold the house.

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    Re: "The family had only moved to the house 4 months ago."

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    I actually come across such use of past perfect a lot when I look up a word.
    So do I, sometimes. I would assume there is an act in the simple past in the context, as the one in my post#5.
    I am not a teacher.

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