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    Tense?

    Hi, teachers. Here comes a question, which makes me confused:



    When walking down the street, I came across David, whom I ____ for years.


    A didn’t see B haven’t seen C hadn’t seen D wouldn’t see




    The answer is C, one I think it correct naturally. What makes me confused is:
    Personally, besides C, A and D work well there.




    Could you kindly share your exellent views with me?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Tense?

    C is the correct answer. B is also possible if the words are said a very short time after the encounter. The other two don't work.
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    Re: Tense?

    Thank you very much, Piscean. Surely, the past perfect is one of correct tenses. Maybe I should have made it clear:
    With different contexts, the other two might work well.
    Such as: David was going to leave next day and I came across him. In that case, D works perfectly.
    And sometimes we can use A to replace C expressing the same meaning.
    Am I right?

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    Re: Tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Such as: David was going to leave next day and I came across him. In that case, D works perfectly.
    It works only if that context is clearly presented. Apart from anything else, it requres the first meeting to be over five years ago.

    And sometimes we can use A to replace C expressing the same meaning.
    Am I right?
    No.

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