# choose

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When I woke up, my father....He gave me some money.
a- is leaving
b- leaves
c- left

I may choose ;left;.
But I think it isn't a fine sentence.

#### kfredson

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When I woke up, my father....He gave me some money.
a- is leaving
b- leaves
c- left

I may choose ;left;.
But I think it isn't a fine sentence.

When I woke up, my father left. This means that my father left just after I woke up.
When I woke up, my father had left. This means that my father left while I was sleeping, that is, before I woke up.

#### emsr2d2

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When I woke up, my father....He gave me some money.
a- is leaving
b- leaves
c- left

I may choose ;left;.
But I think it isn't a fine sentence.

Ah, I thought that the final sentence was meant to mean the same as "He gave me some money", so I figured it was:

When I woke up, my father had left me some money.

However, if they are meant to be 2 sentences making a little story, then I actually don't like any of the answers. If his father was there to give him some money, then he hadn't left at all! I would have looked for "was leaving", but it's not there!

#### kfredson

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Ah, I thought that the final sentence was meant to mean the same as "He gave me some money", so I figured it was:

When I woke up, my father had left me some money.

However, if they are meant to be 2 sentences making a little story, then I actually don't like any of the answers. If his father was there to give him some money, then he hadn't left at all! I would have looked for "was leaving", but it's not there!

Oh, I see. I had assumed that the second sentence had no direct connection to the first, so I ignored it. They are, as you now see, two distinct actions. Yes, it does make sense (and show a connection) when you write it as,
When I woke up, my father had left me some money.

#### Sirhasan

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my regards to all

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