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    Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant but he had never let anyone take advantage of him.

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    Re: Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant

    I see no reason for the past perfect in the second half.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant

    RobertJ,

    I wanted to describe how Peter behaved in the past, not in the present. He may be dead.

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    Re: Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant

    If he's alive, you can use:

    ... but he has never let anyone take advantage of him.
    ... but he never let anyone take advantage of him.

    If he's alive and you start with "Peter might be irascible ...", you can end with "... but he has never let anyone take advantage of him".

    If he's dead, use "Peter might have been irascible and unpleasant but he never let anyone take advantage of him".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Peter may have been irascible and unpleasant

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    RobertJ,

    I wanted to describe how Peter behaved in the past, not in the present. He may be dead.
    Well, you really need to establish whether he is dead or alive. We talk about dead people differently than we do someone alive.

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