EnglishClub
Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub


How to differentiate these two sentences?

Questions from teachers about English grammar and usage

Moderator: Susan

How to differentiate these two sentences?

Unread postby jacquelinegun » Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:27 am

Why is this sentence "The old building was burnt down last night" more suitable than "the old building had been burnt down last night"?

The same with:
Tell us how you and your sister had been kidnapped last month.
Tell us how you and your sister were kidnapped last month.

Please reply asap.

Thanks!
jacquelinegun
Member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:22 am

Re: How to differentiate these two sentences?

Unread postby omar » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:38 pm

thanks for buttful topic :D :D
omar
Member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:25 pm

Re: How to differentiate these two sentences?

Unread postby Syl » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:53 am

jacquelinegun wrote:Why is this sentence "The old building was burnt down last night" more suitable than "the old building had been burnt down last night"?

The same with:
Tell us how you and your sister had been kidnapped last month.
Tell us how you and your sister were kidnapped last month.

Please reply asap.

Thanks!


The time expression "last night" when representing a moment in the past which happened and referring to a sole action, demands the use of the past simple (was burnt - passive, or were kidnapped - also passive)
Past Simple is the form of a verb used to express what existed or happened in the past.

"Had been burnt" or "had been kidnapped" : This is the Past Perfect Tense, used when there are two events or actions that happened in the past, one before the other. Example:

When I heard the news (1st action, past simple) your sister had been kidnapped (2nd action, past perfect, happened before the first one).

Hope it helps :)

Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun
http://www.ginnegar.0catch.com
User avatar
Syl
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
 
Posts: 114
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:06 pm
Status: Management


Return to Grammar and Usage

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

cron