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    Past perfect tense and Past continuous

    Past perfect tense and Past continious


    Can we use Past Perfect tense and Past continous in the same sentence.
    Ex. When I had talked to/with him, I was telling him....

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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    You couldn't begin a sentence that way. Here's a somewhat awkward sentence combining those two tenses: I had explained it to him before, but as usual, he wasn't listening. (I'm not thinking of you here!)

    Note the correct spelling of continuous.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 03-Jun-2016 at 22:55. Reason: "Being" <> "begin".
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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    Yes, but you chose a difficult example. The phrase "When I had talked with him" is grammatical, but it doesn't make as much sense as "When I talked with him." That makes it hard to figure out how "I was telling him" fits.

    More examples:

    - After I had talked with him, I remembered that I should have been telling him about the bank job I was planning.

    - After I had talked with him, I ran into Speedo, who was telling everyone in town about our plan.

    - I was telling the rest of the gang about the bank job, but decided against it once I had talked with him.

    But I must say, simple past tense would probably serve just as well in those.
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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    farhankhan, note that the names of tenses should not be capitalised.

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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yes, but you chose a difficult example. The phrase "When I had talked with him" is grammatical, but it doesn't make as much sense as "When I talked with him." That makes it hard to figure out how "I was telling him" fits.

    More examples:

    - After I had talked with him, I remembered that I should have been telling him about the bank job I was planning.

    - After I had talked with him, I ran into Speedo, who was telling everyone in town about our plan.

    - I was telling the rest of the gang about the bank job, but decided against it once I had talked with him.

    But I must say, simple past tense would probably serve just as well in those.
    Hello Charlie,
    Thanks for the inputs. I just want to understand one thing here in the sentence "- I was telling the rest of the gang about the bank job, but decided against it once I had talked with him".
    Which action happened first?

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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    Sure, thanks

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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    Quote Originally Posted by farhankhan2007 View Post
    ... I just want to understand one thing here in the sentence "- I was telling the rest of the gang about the bank job, but decided against it once I had talked with him".
    Which action happened first?
    I started to answer your question and found that I couldn't. I think Charlie meant to write something like this for his example: I was planning to tell the rest of the gang about the bank job, but decided against it once I had talked with him. Can you tell in what order the events occur in my version of the sentence?
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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    Please note that "input" is not normally pluralized. (Compare it to "feedback".)

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    Re: Past perfect tense and Past continious

    You could also say:

    I was going to tell the rest of the gang....

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