Bob regretted not having found out about...

lapot

Senior Member
Hello. I've got a question about an online test I'm taking. I've got the sentence: "Bob wished he had found out about the Open University five years earlier."
I have to transform it into a new one using the word "regretted", so I think both of them may be correct.

Bob regretted not finding out about the Open University five years earlier.
Bob regretted not having found out about the Open University five years earlier.

Are both correct?
Thanks in advance, mates!
 
  • gangstergirl

    Senior Member
    Vietnamese
    Do you see "he had found out about the Open University five years earlier" in past perfect? So I think #2 is more correct. :) If the sentence is "Bob wished he found out about the Open University five years earlier.", both are correct :).
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Both sentences are correct but, as gangstergirl points out, one of them is closer to the original sentence.
    I won't say why since it's supposed to be a test! :)
     
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    neal41

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I agree with e2efour that both are correct. The second is better because finding out was prior to the regretting, and the past perfect more precisely expresses the fact that the two events took place at different times.
     
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    lapot

    Senior Member
    Glad to hear it! In fact the correct answer provided by them is the first one. The second option is mine. :)

    Thanks, guys!!
     
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    lapot

    Senior Member
    Do you see "he had found out about the Open University five years earlier" in past perfect? So I think #2 is more correct. :) If the sentence is "Bob wished he found out about the Open University five years earlier.", both are correct :).
    I think you are right! But taking a second look at the sentence "Bob wished he found out about the Open University five years earlier." I think it's quite strange to use 'he found out' instead of 'he had found out' there. Am I right?

    This sentence seems incorrect or almost incorrect to me. But maybe I'm wrong. :(
    Any thoughts on this?
     
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    wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    Yes. The word 'earlier' suggests that there was a relevant point in the past and that the finding out could have happened (but did not) five years earlier than that point in time.
    Thus the past perfect is needed to express that further stage back in the past.
     
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