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    #1

    sentence correction

    Hi all please correct this sentence


    Did you finish the work i had given?

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    Re: sentence correction

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranjyo View Post
    Hi all please correct this sentence


    Did you finish the work i had given?
    It should be:
    Have you finished the work I gave?

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    Re: sentence correction

    I would suggest:

    Have you finished the work I had given?

    P.S. : I am not a teacher of English language. Just someone who loves the lnaguage.


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    Re: sentence correction

    Did you finish the work i had given?

    I'm wondering if you ask for a possible correction, because of the use of Past Perfect, 'had given'.
    From the logic of the sentence, the 'giving of the work to be done' came before he could do, and so 'finish', the work. Since this is not the sequence of events in the sentence, you might think that the Past Perfect must be used to place 'giving of the work' prior in time to 'finish the work'.
    However, where the meaning of the sentence is unambiguous, as in this sentence, then Simple Past tense can be used for both verbs:

    Did you finish the work I gave (you)?

    Another possibility has been suggested:
    "Have you finished the work...."

    Both are correct, depending on whether (1) the deadline for 'finishing the work' is past, OR (2) (if the work is not yet done), the person still has an opportunity to do, and finish, the work.

    So -
    Did you finish the work I gave (you)? (The work had to be completed by some point in time that is now past and gone - it's too late now!)

    "Have you finished the work I gave you?" (I gave the person some work to do, and I am enquiring whether or not he has had a chance yet to do the work. If not, I might then ask him when he thinks he will be finished.)

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