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Autor:  Marcio Osorio
E-mail:  rec165701@yahoo.com.br
Data:  18/MAI/2006 11:31 PM
Assunto:  Past perfect (had + past participle)
 
Mensagem:  Let me see if I got that straight.

"These gentlemen had deceitfully syphoned off into the Bahamas fiscal paradise over 160 millions of Reais in little over than a couple of months."

"Implicated political officials had once again beat the CPI at its own game. Worse, they came away from there knowing exactly what to do with the money (or assets) they had 'patiently' sent over to Swiss banks over the years."

"Mounting evidence proved they had secretely stashed away enormous amounts of valuables including all the country's assets over the years. Much to the chagrin of the police having to explain away at their apparent failure at bringing the officials to jail."

For what the past perfect seems worth, I'd still settle for the simple past. I think you can say and write things better using the simple past.


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Question about tenses  –  Ana  18/MAI/2006, 9:39 AM
Question about tenses  –  Tiago T.  18/MAI/2006, 8:19 PM
 Past perfect (had + past participle)  –  Marcio Osorio  18/MAI/2006, 11:31 PM
Past perfect (had past participle)  –  pat  19/MAI/2006, 7:37 AM
Past perfect (had past participle)  –  Márcio Osório  19/MAI/2006, 8:03 AM

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