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I´d read it before/ I´ve read it before

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I´d read it before/ I´ve read it before

Post by Frieda » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:19 pm

The question is.
"Why didn`t you read the book to the end?"
"Well, I already knew it, I´d read it before or I´ve read it before."

I would choose "I`ve read it before" because the time of the action is before. Is this right?

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Re: I´d read it before/ I´ve read it before

Post by Alan » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:08 am

No! You are referring to a time before another past time, and so the past perfect (I'd read) is the more appropriate choice.

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