#### azz

##### Senior Member
a. The gate had been painted on Monday.
b. On Monday the gate had been painted.

Could any of these sentences mean that the gate had been painted before Monday?

I don't think they can, but I have a bit of a doubt.

Many Thanks.

Actually, now I think (d) might well mean that the gate had been painted before Monday... Even (b) can mean that...

• #### bennymix

##### Senior Member
Sentences c. and d. [especially], could mean the painting was before Monday.

b. can be read different ways, one of them suggesting before Monday. a. would most of the time mean the painting was ON Monday, but there is some possible doubt.

#### DonnyB

##### Sixties Mod
Actually, now I think (d) might well mean that the gate had been painted before Monday... Even (b) can mean that...
Yes, (d) definitely does and (b) could do, although I think additional context is needed to decide one way or the other.

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