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    Past or past perfect?

    After I (had?) listened to the guitarist, I went home.

    Is the past perfect needed even though the conjunction after suggests my listening came before my going home?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Past or past perfect?

    No, it's not necessary when the "after" makes it perfectly clear what sequence the actions occurred in.

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    Re: Past or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    After I (had?) listened to the guitarist, I went home.

    Is the past perfect needed even though the conjunction after suggests my listening came before my going home?

    Thank you.
    Barb, thanks. Now please have a look at these sentences:

    1. After I listened to the violinist and the cellist, I hurried home to practice.

    Is the simple past still correct usage?

    2. After I had listened to the violinist and the cellist, and had enjoyed their interpretations, I hurried home to practice.

    Why do I need the past perfect? Is it because of two previous actions--the listening and the enjoying? And would I have still needed the past perfect had I written the sentence the same way as #1 is written (only one past action-- the "listening" and not the "enjoying of the interpretation") ?


    And I hope I haven't given you the need of an aspirin.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Past or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    Barb, thanks. Now please have a look at these sentences:

    1. After I listened to the violinist and the cellist, I hurried home to practice.

    Is the simple past still correct usage? yes

    2. After I had listened to the violinist and the cellist, and had enjoyed their interpretations, I hurried home to practice.

    Why do I need the past perfect? You don't need past perfect.
    Is it because of two previous actions--the listening and the enjoying? And would I have still needed the past perfect had I written the sentence the same way as #1 is written (only one past action-- the "listening" and not the "enjoying of the interpretation") ?


    And I hope I haven't given you the need of an aspirin.

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Past or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
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    Ofcourse past tense.

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    Re: Past or past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Ofcourse past tense.
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