Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: tense

  1. #1

    tense

    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o

  2. #2

    tense

    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,120
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,120
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.
    Why do we have to use had in the first sentence?
    Can we say " I only knew her for a week but I fell under her spell.

    Thanks!

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would use the first. The second, using the past tense would be better with a different verb- I was laready under her spell.
    Why do we have to use had in the first sentence?
    Can we say " I only knew her for a week but I fell under her spell.

    Thanks!

  7. #7
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562

    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o
    I agree with TDOL. For me, there is no need to use different tenses in the two clauses. This is not an example of two events that need to be sequenced in time. It is likely that both actions were occurring at the same time -- the knowing and the falling. I would only use the past perfect, if one is telling a story in the past. In the present, I would use present perfect.

    I have only known her a week and have already fallen under her spell.

  8. #8
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562

    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    I had only known her a week but I had already fallen under her spell.

    I had onyl known her for a week but I already fell under her spell.

    Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference?

    Thanks! :o
    I agree with TDOL. For me, there is no need to use different tenses in the two clauses. This is not an example of two events that need to be sequenced in time. It is likely that both actions were occurring at the same time -- the knowing and the falling. I would only use the past perfect, if one is telling a story in the past. In the present, I would use present perfect.

    I have only known her a week and have already fallen under her spell.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •