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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  28/SET/2011 8:12 PM
Assunto:  Before x Past Perfect
 
Mensagem: 

Which is the correct form?


a. The waiter took my plate before I HAD FINISHED it.
B. The waiter took my plate before I FINISHED it.

 

Present perfect:
Then, the option     a). "The waiter took my plate before I HAD FINISHED it."

For two reasons:

- The present perfect is used when the time period has NOT finished, as in the case above, and
- The present perfect is used when the time is not specific (not clear when it happened).
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/ppvpast.htm

 

 

 

 

 

a. I was blamed for it before I HAD SAID anything.         CORRECT


b. I was blamed for it before I SAID anything.                  INCORRECT, OR AT LEAST NOT THE USUAL, for the very same reason previously given (mostly because you can specify the time here)     It´s not clear the time frame, outside the fact that you know that was one action that happenened before other, at some point in the past.


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Before x Past Perfect  –  Henry  27/SET/2011, 1:43 PM
 Before x Past Perfect  –  PPAULO  28/SET/2011, 8:12 PM

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