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    Maybo is offline Senior Member
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    had been

    Your improvement had been spectacular.
    Your improvement was spectacular.
    What's the difference?
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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    With the first, you need a past time-point up to which the being spectacular had extended,
    Your improvement had been spectacular after 1985. Can I say that?

    Another question, I don't understand the structure of this sentence, how to use to which?
    With the first, you need a past time-point up to which the being spectacular had extended.
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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I suppose it's possible to come up with a context in which you could say that. It is more natural to use the past perfect for a situation that extends up to a time, not one starting from/at a time.

    You need a time-point. The being spectacular extends up to this point.
    We join these two sentences, using 'which', a relative pronoun, the antecedent of which is 'a time-point' in the first sentence, now the first clause:
    You need a time-point up to which the being spectacular extends.
    Your improvement had been spectacular since 1985.
    after 3 months, your improvement had been spectacular.
    How about these?
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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.
    Could you give me some examples?
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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    Your improvement had been spectacular since until 1985.
    Look at the answer given in post #2.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post

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    fter 3 months, your improvement had been spectacular until it started deteriorating over the course of 2015.
    Something like that is possible.
    Last edited by teechar; 14-Jun-2017 at 16:07. Reason: quote tag

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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Look at the answer given in post #2.
    Something like that is possible.
    The course=The period ?
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