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    I forgot that I had promised/ I forgot that I promised

    Which sentence is correct (with or without 'had')?

    1) I forgot that I had promised (you) to download that file to your folder on Google Drive.

    2) I forgot that I promised (you) to download that file to your folder on Google Drive.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 21-Jul-2016 at 13:58.
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    Re: I forgot that I had promised/ I forgot that I promised

    They would both be correct if you removed 'you'. Don't mix the following verb patterns:


    • promise to do something
    • promise somebody you will do something


    The inclusion of the auxiliary had makes the phrase perfect rather than simple.

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    Re: I forgot that I had promised/ I forgot that I promised

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Don't mix the following verb patterns:



    • promise to do something
    • promise somebody you will do something
    Thank you, I've really been mixing these structures. But now that you've corrected me, what's the difference in meaning, if any, between the sentences I wrote in the original post:

    1) I forgot that I had promised to download that file to your folder on Google Drive.


    2) I forgot that I promised to download that file to your folder on Google Drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The inclusion of the auxiliary had makes the phrase perfect rather than simple.
    Unfortunately, this explanation doesn't add to my understanding of the difference between the sentences in question.
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    Re: I forgot that I had promised/ I forgot that I promised

    I would use 'had promised' because it happened before 'forgot'.
    I am not a teacher.

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