I 'had' taken [emphatic?]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by RajuMV, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. RajuMV Senior Member

    Malayalam
    Friends, here is two sentences from the book The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru (Page 41)

    I had taken from her what she gave me. What had I given to her in exchange during these early years?

    In the first sentence had was used before the second action 'gave me'. Was had used in the sentences emphatically?

    Thanks a lot in advance:)
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2013
  2. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    It's hard to give you a precise answer, Raju, in the absence of further context.

    Here's how I would normally understand the first sentence:
    [Before something else happened/before a particular time], I had taken from her what she gave me.
    =
    [Before something else happened/before a particular time], I had taken from her what she had given me.

    I don't think it's possible to use the past perfect "emphatically".

    Please give us some more context and background:).
     

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