Past perfect or not

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Hello, me and my girlfriend have an argument about the usage of past perfect tense. Can someone help please? Which of the following is correct to say:

 

Dont worry, I had tested it before posting.

Dont worry, I tested it before posting.

asked Oct 11 '12 at 10:50 Bongo New member

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The gerund, posting, is tenseless; so, both are equally correct. (Don't be tempted to argue the point about who is "more wrong" or "more correct".)

 

Had you used the simple past for the posting part, you'd have needed the past perfect for the testing part:

 

Dont worry, I had tested it before I posted (it).

link comment edited Oct 11 '12 at 13:04 Peter Guess Expert
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Aside from the question at hand...

 

Don't is missing an apostrophe.

 

The easiest way to figure out if you should use me or I, is to drop the other person out of the sentence and see if it sounds right.  "Me have an argument" is not correct.  "My girlfriend and I have an argument" is correct. 

link answered Oct 11 '12 at 13:56 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

That'll teach me to watch out when controlC&Ving.;

Peter GuessOct 11 '12 at 14:09

That'll teach me to watch out when controlC&Ving.;

Peter GuessOct 11 '12 at 14:11

I figured it was a cut & paste thing, but since there were two answers that didn't address it, I figured we should let Bongo know.

Patty TOct 11 '12 at 17:00

Yes, quite right too.

Lucas GarciaOct 11 '12 at 20:38

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Hello,   My girlfriend and I had an argument about the usage of past perfect tense. Can someone help, please? Which of the following is correct to say?

Dont worry, I had tested it before posting.
Dont worry, I tested it before posting.

 

To me, I have tested it before posting is correct.(present perfect tense)

link comment answered Oct 11 '12 at 12:09 sanjay Expert
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your  sentence is past perfect "I had tested it"

link comment answered Oct 13 '12 at 15:08 salem New member
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Thank you for your answers!

link answered Oct 11 '12 at 14:49 Bongo New member

You're welcome.

Peter GuessOct 11 '12 at 16:13

Please, folks, don't down vote somebody when they say thank you. Bad form.

TolleyOct 13 '12 at 22:22

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