a letter came for me this morning and I opened it

felicity.zyy

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Direct statement: A letter came for me this morning and I opened it.
Indirect statement:
1. She said a letter had come for her and she had opened it.
2. She said a letter came for her and she opened it.

Could you tell me which one is better?
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    We use the past perfect when we want or need to indicate that something happened before something else. When you write the sentence on its own there is no “something else”. When the sentence forms part of a longer narrative there may or may not be a need to use the past perfect. Even then, it is sometimes optional, since it isn’t always necessary to indicate the sequence in this way: there are other linguistic indicators, and the context may make it obvious without any additional indication.
     
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