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    newbees is offline Newbie
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    I had hoped to be in and out quickly.

    Hi!

    with regard to the following context

    “Yesterday Matt was sick. I picked up Archie from the sitter and Eloise from school and decided to run to Target for a few things. I had hoped to be in and out quickly. I found a line with just one person ahead of me and began organizing my items on the conveyor.

    Why did she, instead of past tense, use the past participle tense or what is the effect of using the past participle tense in this case?
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    Re: I had hoped to be in and out quickly.

    What is the source of the quoted text?

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    Re: I had hoped to be in and out quickly.

    It was picked out of the following URL.

    https://www.littlethings.com/elderly-woman-target-vcom/

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    Re: I had hoped to be in and out quickly.

    Thank you. Please put the context in post #1 in future.

    'I had hoped' is the past perfect tense.

    There's no significant difference in this context between the simple past and the past perfect. She could even have said 'I was hoping', too.

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    Re: I had hoped to be in and out quickly.

    "I had hoped to be in and out quickly" implies that the narrator ended up not getting in and out quickly.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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