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    Again Tenses clarification

    as we are speaking the job market is worsening .. is it ok to say this way?

    so you had had some thoughts of getting onto foreign soil for some time -- what does this mean? and how is this different from the following sentence?:

    so you had some thoughts of getting onto foreign soil for some time..

    Please enlighten again


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    Re: Again Tenses clarification

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    As we are speaking, the job market is worsening .. is it ok to say this way? Perfectly.

    So you had had some thoughts of getting onto foreign soil for some time -- what does this mean? and how is this different from the following sentence?:

    So you had some thoughts of getting onto foreign soil for some time..

    I would phrase this as "So for some time you [had] had some thoughts of moving to another country". "Onto foreign soil" is not a good construction. Essentially they are saying the same thing.


    Please enlighten again
    It would be better to start your sentences with a capital letter!

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    Re: Again Tenses clarification

    Yeah, Thanks for the correction:)

    I have two questions for you:) :

    1. Why 'Onto foreign soil' is not a good construction?

    2. In the above two sentences in which 'had had' and 'had' are used, literally could you please explain the meaning for me in each sentence? I mean What I mean't was I want to know the difference in meaning of the two sentences?

    Please let me know If i am not clear with my 2nd question:)


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    Re: Again Tenses clarification

    "Onto foreign soil" is just not an English way of saying moving to another place.

    "had" = simple past = is used for past actions that happened either at a specific time, which can either be given by a time phrase (yesterday, last year, etc.) or understood from the context.

    "had had" = past perfect = For actions that happened before related past events or times.

    However, in the sample sentence, you require a context to be sure which is rlevant.

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