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    #1

    past vs past perfect

    1) For over 10 years, from the summer of 1980 to the winter of 1990, he spent his time looking for her.
    2) For over 10 years, from the summer of 1980 to the winter of 1990, he had spent his time looking for her.


    Can someone please tell me which of the above sentences is grammatically correct?


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    Re: past vs past perfect

    BOTH are correct.

    So - what does that make you think?

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    Re: past vs past perfect

    I'd use past perfect only when two actions are involved and I'd like to specify which one happened first. Here, in the sentence I gave there is only one sentence and so simple past would suit better. Am I wrong in thinking so?


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    Re: past vs past perfect

    Perfectly correct.

    What sentence would you write to follow it (to show the use of Past Perfect was the verb form necessary?)

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