use of the past perfect

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sanjay puranik

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imagine the following scenario

I arrive in the office somewhat frayed at the edges. Before I can settle down a subordinates comes to me with a trivial complaint. I lose my patience after hearing him out and ask him "Is this what you had come to tell me?"
Could I have said "Is this what you came to tell me?" or "Is this what you have come to tel me?"
 

Harry Smith

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Is this what you have come to tell me?" is more correct.;-)

Of course you can say: that's what you've come to tell me?
 

albertino

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imagine the following scenario

I arrive in the office somewhat frayed at the edges. Before I can settle down a subordinates comes to me with a trivial complaint. I lose my patience after hearing him out and ask him "Is this what you had come to tell me?"
Could I have said "Is this what you came to tell me?" or "Is this what you have come to tel me?"
Pardon me for chipping in, Harry.
I think "I arrive at the office" is better than "arrive in the office" in sanjay puranik's sentence.
(Not a teacher)
 
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