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    #1

    He had bought vs He bought

    Hi,

    I'm new here!

    My question is what is the difference between "He had bought" and "He bought"?
    When I need to write "Had"?

    Please don't hesitate to correct me if I had a grammar mistake on this post.

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    #2

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    Quote Originally Posted by bardahan View Post
    Hi,

    I'm new here!

    My question is what is the difference between "He had bought" and "He bought"?
    When do I need to write "had"?

    Please don't hesitate to correct me if I made a grammar mistake on this post.

    We never hesitate to correct mistakes!


    Thank you,
    Bar Dahan.
    Happy new year, Bar, and welcome!

    What have you learned about the past perfect tense and the simple past tense? When do we use past perfect?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    Bob: My brother Rob bought a new house.
    Ned: Wow! I didn't know that!

    What was the question?
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    #4

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    I've been struggling to think of a sentence with "had bought" in it. (Maybe the OP has one.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Oct-2020 at 13:43. Reason: Fixed typo
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    #5

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I've been struggling to think of a sentence with " had bought" in it. (Maybe the OP has one.)
    Consider the difference between

    (i) When you got to the airport, did you buy a plane ticket?

    and

    (ii) When you got to the airport, had you bought a plane ticket?

    In (i), the speaker asks the interlocutor whether she bought a plane ticket on arriving at the airport.

    In (ii), he asks her whether she (had) bought a plane ticket before arriving at the airport.

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    #6

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    That doesn't seem natural at all. If I wanted to ask if somebody had their ticket already when they got to the airport I would say:

    Did you have your ticket already when you got to the airport?
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    #7

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I've been struggling to think of a sentence with "had bought" in it. (Maybe the OP has one.)
    Yes, that's who I'm asking.

    But Bardahan might have left the building.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #8

    Re: He had bought vs He bought

    That appears to be the case. Let's put this thread on hold until we hear back from the OP.

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