Use of Simple Past Verb in Sentences Involving Past Perfect and Present Perfect
IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THESE TWO STATEMENTS?
1) “I knew John had been influencing Peter, so I informed the administrator.”
2) “I knew John has been influencing Peter, so I informed the administrator.”
I feel the 1st one is ‘more’ right than the second one.
However, I consider the 2nd one to be more accurate in terms of reflecting the continued influence beyond the time such was reported to the administrator. So, my question, therefore, is this: Is statement no. 2 grammatically correct?
I like number one better. In 2, you are mixing tenses. It would make more sense to write, 'I know John has been influencing Peter, so I informed the administrator.' Present tense used with present perfect progressive works better than past tense with present perfect progressive.
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