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    Muktha_Rushu is offline Newbie
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    couple of days

    Which of the sentences below is correct?

    1.We migrated to Australia before couple of days.
    2. We had migrated to Australia before coupe of days.

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    Re: couple of days

    Neither is correct.

    I'm afraid it's not even clear what you are trying to say.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Aug-2017 at 08:08.

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    Re: couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Muktha_Rushu View Post
    Which of the sentences below is correct?

    1.We migrated to Australia before couple of days.
    2. We had migrated to Australia before coupe of days.

    Firstly ‘before couple of days’ is incorrect. I assume you want to say:

    A couple of days before
    A couple of days earlier


    i.e. the migration occurred two days earlier.

    I hope that is what you intended.

    Your first example uses the past simple. An action completed in the past and not continuing in the present. By saying ‘two days earlier’ we are fixing this event in time relative to ‘now’.

    Your second example uses the past perfect. It could equally be used to relate the event to a point in time, but that point of time would also be in the past. For example:

    We had migrated to Australia two days before the earthquake. -- both the migration and the earthquake are events in the past.
    I had already eaten my dinner when he called.


    HTH

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    Re: couple of days

    Hi,

    Is it correct to say

    I already ate my dinner when he called.

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    Re: couple of days

    We moved to Australia this Saturday.I wanted that to convey that we migrated to that place before 3 or 4 days by using couple of days

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    Re: couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Muktha_Rushu View Post
    Hi,

    Is it correct to say

    I already ate my dinner when he called.
    No. Here you have two events in the past. You need to use the helper verb 'to have' which shows that there is a relationship between the two events.

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    Re: couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Muktha_Rushu View Post
    We moved to Australia this Saturday.I wanted that to convey that we migrated to that place before 3 or 4 days by using couple of days
    We moved to Australia a couple of days ago.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Muktha_Rushu View Post
    Hi,

    Is it correct to say

    I already ate my dinner when he called.
    No. Write I had already eaten my dinner when he called.
    I am not a teacher.

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