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    When,Past Perfect

    "When you went to the toilet this morning you had found abit of blood"

    Is this sentence correct for grammar? The activity going to the toilet is not done firstly ?

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    "When you went to the toilet this morning you had found a bit of blood."
    1...Omit "had".
    2...'a bit' is two words.
    3...Put a period at the end of the sentence.
    Is this sentence correct for grammar? The activity going to the toilet is not done firstly ?
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    Re: When,Past Perfect

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    Then it's not past pefect.

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    I saw this sentence somewhere.So the writer wrote it wrong ?

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Then it's not past pefect.
    It doesn't need to be past perfect.
    In fact the original sentence suggests that first you found the blood and then you went to the toilet, and I don't think that is what the intended meaning is. If that is the intended meaning, there are much clearer ways to express that meaning.

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    It doesn't need to be past perfect.
    In fact the original sentence suggests that first you found the blood and then you went to the toilet, and I don't think that is what the intended meaning is. If that is the intended meaning, there are much clearer ways to express that meaning.
    No I agree that it doesn't need to be past perfect, but the questioner asked about a sentence using past perfect, which, by the way, I don't think is appropriate in this sentence.


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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    It doesn't need to be past perfect.
    In fact the original sentence suggests that first you found the blood and then you went to the toilet, and I don't think that is what the intended meaning is. If that is the intended meaning, there are much clearer ways to express that meaning.
    From the context of the sentence it would certainly seem that the blood was found while in the bathroom. Perhaps while using the toilet for instance.

    If this is the case then, as suggested, the past perfect is incorrect.

    The sequence of verbs (went, found) follow the same sequence as the events did in reality so only the primary past tense is required.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    I agree with the last two posts. The original poster asked if that past perfect sentence was correct, and we all seem to agree that it is not correct.

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    "When you went to the toilet this morning you had found abit of blood"

    Is this sentence correct for grammar? The activity going to the toilet is not done firstly ?
    "This morning" means the past. You don't need the "had". The past is the past.... You only use past perfect when the time is not specific.

    Hey! Read this:
    http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfect.html

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    Re: When,Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by hugsandkisses View Post
    "This morning" means the past. You don't need the "had". The past is the past.... You only use past perfect when the time is not specific.
    Its not my sentence

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