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    xxwzs is offline Junior Member
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    "caught" or "had caught"

    Listed below are four sentences, which have bewildered me for a long time.
    1. I got to the office earlier that day because I caught the 7:30 train from Paddington.
    2. I got to the office earlier that day because I had caught the 7:30 train from Paddington.

    3. Catching the 7:30 train from Paddington, I got to the office earlier.
    4. Having caught the 7:30 train from Paddington, I got to the office earlier.
    According the grammar rules taught in China, both #2 and #4 work well, especially grammatically.
    So, which one(s) do you consider to be correct? And why?
    Thanks to you.

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    Re: "caught" or "had caught"

    2 and 4 work. Number 1 is wrong because it needs the past perfect used in number 2. You could use the simple past like this: I caught the 7:30 from Paddington that day so I got to the office early.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "caught" or "had caught"

    When the adjective "earlier" is used, what is it that it is compared with?
    Why not just write "early"?
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    Re: "caught" or "had caught"

    Maybe this is a difference between English variants, but #1 does not sound wrong to me.

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