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    Question temporal relations between two past event

    Hi: there; could you please explain the temporal relations between the two past events in the following sentence: "He had dinner when I arrived". Which event happened first? by the way, what's the present tense counterpart? Thank you.

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    Re: temporal relations between two past event

    I would read this as "you arrived, and very soon after you did, he ate his dinner."

    When I get there, let's eat. I need food before I tackle our project.

    He can eat when we get to the rest stop. I don't want crumbs in my car.

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    Re: temporal relations between two past event

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi: there; could you please explain the temporal relations between the two past events in the following sentence: "He had dinner when I arrived". Which event happened first? by the way, what's the present tense counterpart? Thank you.
    1. You arrived
    2. He had dinner

    In the present tense, you can say: He has dinner when I arrive.

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