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    Dear all,

    Please tell me the difference between the following sentences

    1. John had hoped to have won the trophy.

    2. John had hoped to win the trophy.

    3. John have hoped to win the trophy.

    Thank you very much ! ^^

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    Re: had hope

    1. John had hoped to have won the trophy. No tense agreement.

    2. John had hoped to win the trophy. Correct.

    3. John have hoped to win the trophy. No tense agreement


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    Re: had hope

    Quote Originally Posted by tanencas View Post
    Dear all,

    Please tell me the difference between the following sentences

    1. John had hoped to have won the trophy.

    2. John had hoped to win the trophy.

    3. John haves hoped to win the trophy.

    Thank you very much ! ^^
    'to win the trophy' is an infinitive clause acting as the object of the verb 'hoped'. It can have two forms : to win; to have won.

    All three of your sentences are correct.

    #1 -- It was a very close race down to the wire; no one knew who would win. Everyone waited with bated breath for the judges to return and announce the order of arrival for the participants in the race. John had a hope that he had won the trophy. Before the announcement, he had hoped something, to have won the race.

    #2. John had hoped to win the trophy. This sentence applies to the circuimstances of #1. It can also refer to John's eager anticipation before the race that he would come in first.

    #3 John's hopes for the first prize have been dashed or realized.

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    Re: had hope

    Quote Originally Posted by tanencas View Post
    Dear all,

    Please tell me the difference between the following sentences

    1. John had hoped to have won the trophy.

    2. John had hoped to win the trophy.

    3. John have hoped to win the trophy.

    Thank you very much ! ^^
    Only the second one can be used. The person is disappointed over the result of the contest. He wanted to win, but he did not.


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