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    Nostradamus (had) predicted ...

    Hi,

    http://alexnoudelman.com/top-10-nost...ions-for-2016/

    ''Nostradamus predicted that Obama would be victorious in the 2013 elections, but he...''

    I'd like to ask if we can say 'had predicted' instead of 'predicted.'

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Nostradamus (had) predicted ...

    You could in the right context.

    It's interesting that Nostradamus predicted someone's victory in elections that didn't occur.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Nostradamus (had) predicted ...

    I think the past perfect is unnecessary because it is understood that the prediction came before the happening.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Nostradamus (had) predicted ...

    It's unnecessary, but not incorrect IMO. However, we tend not to use the past perfect when we don't have to, so it's more natural in the original.

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