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  1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

    Feb 26, 2013
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    "Had" -- Past Perfect

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, Apr 21, 2014.

    These are very confusing to me. Do I have them correct? I explained my answers in parentheses. I think "had" is equivalent to "already," no? Thank you. :)

    • He had arrived when the meeting started. (Means he was there before the meeting.)

    • He arrived when the meeting started. (Means he arrived at the precise moment the meeting started.)

    • He arrived when the meeting had started. (Means he was late for the meeting because it had already started.)

    • Yesterday he crashed his car into a tree.

    • Yesterday he had crashed his car into a tree after he had shopped at the supermarket.

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