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    #1

    He was demoted to constable.

    "He used to be the inspector but he now he has been demoted to constable."

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    You have repeated the word "he". Remove the first one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    He had been demoted from inspector to constable.

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    #4

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    He had been demoted from inspector to constable.
    Is it possible to use the past perfect when there is "now"?

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    I like how tufguy wrote "was demoted" in the title but in the topic he went for "has been demoted".
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Is it possible to use the past perfect when there is "now"?

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    I like how tufguy wrote "was demoted" in the title but in the topic he went for "has been demoted".
    You can write He had now been demoted as part of a narrative.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You can write He had now been demoted as part of a narrative.
    Doesn't the past perfect imply that he had been demoted before he worked as an inspector? I mean almost all books claim that the past perfect shows us that one action precedes another. According to this kind of recommendation people might well think that "the past perfect" part was earlier. Do you understand what I'm trying to say?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Doesn't the past perfect imply that he had been demoted before he worked as an inspector? I mean almost all books claim that the past perfect shows us that one action precedes another. According to this kind of recommendation people might well think that "the past perfect" part was earlier. Do you understand what I'm trying to say?
    The past perfect does work as described. There's still room for now though:

    The officer walked down the street, dejected. His early career had been marked by a meteoric rise through the ranks; his next decade was one of stagnation and decline. He had now been demoted to constable, and dismissal from the force loomed as the logical next step.
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    #8

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "He used to be the inspector but he now he has been demoted to constable."

    Please check.
    I would simply say:

    He used to be an inspector, but he has since been demoted to constable.

    or
    He used to be an inspector, but then he got/was demoted to constable.

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    #9

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Correction for post# 1.

    "He used to be the inspector but now he has been demoted to constable."

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    #10

    Re: He was demoted to constable.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The past perfect does work as described. There's still room for now though:

    The officer walked down the street, dejected. His early career had been marked by a meteoric rise through the ranks; his next decade was one of stagnation and decline. He had now been demoted to constable, and dismissal from the force loomed as the logical next step.
    What does "meteoric" mean here?

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