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    Question Past Perfect

    Which sentence is correct?

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and went to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and gone to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and had gone to my room.


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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Which sentence is correct?

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and had gone to my room.

    The past perfect tense should indicate the action that occured first (the burglar stole your CD player before you arrived home).

    Also, I would swap the clauses round.


    When I arrived home and entered my room, I found that a burglar had stolen my CD player.
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    Re: Past Perfect

    I saw that a burglar had stolen my CD player when I arrived home and went to my room.

    None of your sentences are correct, above is a suggestion.

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Which sentence is correct?

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and went to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and gone to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and had gone to my room.
    Suggestion: When I arrived home and went to my room, I saw that a burglar had stolen my CD player.


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    Re: Past Perfect

    Ok, thank you. Could anybody look at this sentences? Which is correct?

    After I had fed my cat and had taken my dog for a walk, I phoned to my friend.

    After I had fed my cat and taken my dog for a walk, I phoned to my friend.

    I'd like to know that should I leave out "had" in similiar sentences?


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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Ok, thank you. Could anybody look at this sentences? Which is correct?

    After I had fed my cat and had taken my dog for a walk, I phoned to my friend.

    After I had fed my cat and taken my dog for a walk, I phoned to my friend.

    I'd like to know that should I leave out "had" in similiar sentences?
    I think it is your choice.

    I would choose the second sentence as it is easier to read.

    However you don't need to in the main clause.

    It should read: I phoned my friend.

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Exactly, you are right in both of your opinions. 126 should learn about those verbs that do not usually take prepositions, e.g. phone, discuss, order, lack, answer, approach, reach etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Which sentence is correct?

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and went to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and gone to my room.

    I saw that a burglar stole my CD player when I had arrived home and had gone to my room.
    Of all the above, none is correct, as you may know by now, but with a few corrections they'll be fine:

    I saw that a burglar had stolen my CD player, when I arrived home and went into my room.


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    Re: Past Perfect

    However, when these verbs are used as nouns, they take suitable prepositions. Compare:

    Phone verb: She phoned me last night.
    noun: That was her last phone to me.

    Answer verb: Please answer my question.
    noun: This is the answer to your question.

    Discuss verb: We should discuss about the matter. (not discuss about )
    noun: Our discussion about the matter was interesting.

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    Re: Past Perfect

    However, when these verbs are used as nouns, they take suitable prepositions. Compare:

    Phone verb: She phoned me last night.
    noun: That was her last phone to me.

    Answer verb: Please answer my question.
    noun: This is the answer to your question.

    Discuss verb: We should discuss the matter. (not discuss about )
    noun: Our discussion about the matter was interesting.

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