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"it was the first time", past perfect or simp past

Unread postby xxkilo » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:31 pm

which is correct and why?

It was the first time he cooked for me.

or

It was the first time he had cooked for me.
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Re: "it was the first time", past perfect or simp past

Unread postby marcchehab » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:25 pm

Hello xxkilo

The past perfect is used for describing an action that had happened and had been finished by the time something else happened. Because this is not true in your sentence, you would have to use the past simple.

Have a nice day.
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has and had

Unread postby syazeline » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:48 pm

I'm truly a bit confuse..which one is correct..

I has safely delivered my baby or I had delivered my baby..please explain if I'm done wrong here
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Re: has and had

Unread postby marcchehab » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:14 pm

syazeline wrote:I'm truly a bit confuse..which one is correct..

I has safely delivered my baby or I had delivered my baby..please explain if I'm done wrong here


Hello syazeline

"I has" is, in every occasion, wrong. "Has" is used in the past simple of the 3rd person singular (he/she/it). I do agree, it may be confusing whether to use the past simple or the present perfect.

If you have established a sense of your action being in the past, you use the past simple.
I was at this lousy, filthy hospital and extremely worried about the unborn. Luckily enough, I safely delivered my baby.
"I was" clearly states that the following is an event that happened in the past.

One of the situations you use the present perfect for is when you don't say when the event was. It stresses the effect on the present.
We are glad to announce that Marry has just safely delivered her baby.

The example shows that the present perfect is used for the recent past.
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