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    Question Past perfect to indicate a time in the distant past

    I will frame my question based on the below scenario:

    A colleague asked me to provide a client with the login details for a website.
    My response: "I'm quite sure we had given them the login details."

    Here I was trying to indicate that the login details were sent to the client a long time ago. Is it okay to use either a simple past or past perfect in this situation?

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    Re: Past perfect to indicate a time in the distant past

    The simple past or present perfect are possible. The past perfect doesn't work. We use it to express anteriority: the idea that the action described took place before another one.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Past perfect to indicate a time in the distant past

    "...we'd have given them..." (would have)

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    #4

    Re: Past perfect to indicate a time in the distant past

    GS, are there any words you don't know?
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    Re: Past perfect to indicate a time in the distant past

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    GS, are there any words you don't know?
    I learned that one right here, probably from jutfrank.
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