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    Past perfect

    Is my understanding wrong if I state that when we refer to two past actions, the one which happens earlier should be in 'past perfect'?

    Does the same principle apply to reported speech too, in which the reported action is an earlier past action and its reporting is a later one. For example,
    He said 'He did it'.
    He said that he had done it.

    Please confirm if the above is correct.
    Last edited by Dr.Appalayya; 05-May-2008 at 15:55.

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    Re: Past perfect

    Yes.When reporting past action past perfect is used.
    Last edited by rj1948; 06-May-2008 at 11:40.

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    Re: Past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Yes.When reporting past action past perfect is used
    Originally Posted by Zoe2008
    Thank you for your reminder. I had allready sent the document to Amy

    Susan had replied with the details to Moon on April 16. The amount of USD xxx you received was correct. There was a 5% discount from the total amount which was double-checked and confirmed with the customer previously. Please find the attached email containing this information for your reference. Please contact me again if there is still any problem.

    posted by anglika moderator in the post 'please correct my text'.

    Please tell us the use of had in
    Susan had replied with the details to Moon on April 16.
    in the context of Dr.App post

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    Re: Past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Appalayya View Post
    Is my understanding wrong if I state that when we refer to two past actions, the one which happens earlier should be in 'past perfect'?

    Does the same principle apply to reported speech too, in which the reported action is an earlier past action and its reporting is a later one. For example,
    He said 'He did it'.
    He said that he had done it.

    Please confirm if the above is correct.
    Susan had replied with the details to Moon on April 16. The amount of USD xxx you received was correct. There was a 5% discount from the total amount which was double-checked and confirmed with the customer previously. Please find the attached email containing this information for your reference. Please contact me again if there is still any problem.

    posted by anglika moderator in the post 'please correct my text'.

    pls explain had replied in the above sentence. If it is past perfect (If it is past perfect naturally it should be the first action. If so which is/are second action(s).

    If a specific date/time is mentioned in the past do we use past perfect ?

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