Past perfect or not


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

3 answers


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

your  sentence is past perfect "I had tested it"

link comment answered Oct 13 '12 at 15:08 salem New member

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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