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    Past tenses

    Hey passers-by,

    this one ll be really easy for you.

    Which one is correct? If both, is there any difference?

    After we ____________ a fire, I told the others to make a noise and I spelt out the word HELP in the snow.

    Options:

    A/ lit
    B/ had made

    Thanks.

    W

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    Re: Past tenses

    Very little difference. The difference between "lighting" the fire and "making" the fire is that the latter may also include laying the wood and getting it ready to be lit.

    There's no difference in the simple past or past perfect in your example because the use of the word "after" makes it completely clear which order these events happened in.

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    Re: Past tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Very little difference. The difference between "lighting" the fire and "making" the fire is that the latter may also include laying the wood and getting it ready to be lit.

    There's no difference in the simple past or past perfect in your example because the use of the word "after" makes it completely clear which order these events happened in.

    {not a teacher}
    Thank you dearly, Barb D,

    I kinda thought so. I hate the tests of the kind. The key to the test says only had made, which had me doubt, now Im perfectly calm.

    Cheers.

    W

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