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    ...by the end of the week it had earned $6 million.

    "nameofafilm opened in the US last Friday and by the end of the week it had earned $6 million"

    since the end of the week come after "the last friday" i don't understand why they used "it had earned" and not "it earned".

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    Re: Doubt on past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by tuocuggino View Post
    "[nameofafilm] opened in the US last Friday and by the end of the week it had earned $6 million."

    Since the end of the week comes after "the last Friday", I don't understand why they used "it had earned" and not "it earned".
    See my corrections above.

    We would use "it earned" to refer to a specific day. For example, "on Thursday, it earned $2 million". By using "by + time marker" (in this case, "by the end of the week"), the past perfect is appropriate. There is still an opportunity for it to earn more.

    I am on a diet. By last weekend, I had lost six pounds.
    I am trying to make 100. By last Thursday, I had made 20 but there was a real boost on Friday when I made 85 so, by Friday evening, I had made 105!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...by the end of the week it had earned $6 million.

    Welcome to the forum, tuocuggino.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.


    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: ...by the end of the week it had earned $6 million.

    You could say:

    It earned $6 million last week.

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