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    saw/had seen how upset he looked

    1. She felt it was necessary to distance herself form him. She saw/had seen how upset he looked when she told him the bad news. The last thing she wanted to do was to upset him again.

    2. She felt it was necessary to distance herself from him. She saw how upset he looked after she had told him the bad news. The last thing she wanted to do was to upset him again.

    For the first sentence, I think it should be 'saw' because 'when she told him the bad news' happened first. Using 'had seen' would make it appear that his looking upset took place first.

    I think the second sentence is fine.

    Am I on the correct track?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: saw/had seen how upset he looked

    I'm not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. She felt it was necessary to distance herself from him. She saw/had seen how upset he looked when she told him the bad news. The last thing she wanted to do was to upset him again.

    2. She felt it was necessary to distance herself from him. She saw how upset he looked after she had told him the bad news. The last thing she wanted to do was to upset him again.

    For the first sentence, I think it should be 'saw' because 'when she told him the bad news' happened first. Using 'had seen' would make it appear that his looking upset took place first.

    I think the second sentence is fine.

    Am I on the correct track?

    Many thanks.
    I don't see the difference in meaning between "when" and "after" in your sentences.
    The last action is "she saw" in both sentences so you have to use the past simple in my opinion.
    My question is Which tense do we have to use after "after" and "when"?

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    Re: saw/had seen how upset he looked

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    I don't see the difference in meaning between "when" and "after" in your sentences.
    The last action is "she saw" in both sentences so you have to use the past simple in my opinion.
    My question is Which tense do we have to use after "after" and "when"?
    Could a native speaker or teacher help Greegorush and me?

    Thanks again.

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