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The Simple Past Perfect

Discussion in 'English Language' started by DavidUSA, 9 Dec 2016.

  1. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Biting criticism and ruthless sharpshooting are welcome.
     

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    "Had they eaten before you arrived? "

    sounds awkward, no?

    the only way i see that bit being used would be:

    Had they eaten before I arrived, I wouldn't have had to make as much food.
    (which is like the conditional: If they had eaten before I arrived...)
     
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