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    past perfect

    Dear Friends,

    I'm currently reading a book on past perfect and it says:


    'The man on the right said that he had not been feeling well, but he got his muffin so he now feels better.'


    And the explanation goes:


    "In this sentence it is odd to say that the past perfect form "had not been" is determined relative to the reporting verb "said", since we cannot explain the other verbs "got" and "feels" in this way."


    Could anyone explain this expalnation to me?


    Thank you very much.


    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    I'm currently reading a book on past perfect and it says:


    'The man on the right said that he had not been feeling well, but he got his muffin so he now feels better.'


    And the explanation goes:


    "In this sentence it is odd to say that the past perfect form "had not been" is determined relative to the reporting verb "said", since we cannot explain the other verbs "got" and "feels" in this way."


    Could anyone explain this expalnation to me?


    Thank you very much.


    Palinkasocsi
    There's really nothing wrong with this sentence if it means what it says.
    It would be better expressed as:
    'The man on the right said that he had not been feeling well. But he got his muffin so he now feels better.'

    If it means: 'The man on the right said that he had not been feeling well, but that he had got his muffin so he was now feeling better.' then that's how it should be expressed.

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