had seen or saw

daruk

Senior Member
Korean
Hello forum gurus!

If he had seen her every day for the previous three weeks, then he must have seen her that day too.
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There, can the "had seen" be replaced by "saw"?
If so, is there any nuance or meaning difference?
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    What is the previous sentence? If the time has already been set in the past, and you are now referring to something that happened earlier, then you need the past perfect. Using "previous" rather than "last" suggests this is the case, but without seeing the previous sentence, I don't think it is possible to say.
     

    daruk

    Senior Member
    Korean
    What is the previous sentence? If the time has already been set in the past, and you are now referring to something that happened earlier, then you need the past perfect. Using "previous" rather than "last" suggests this is the case, but without seeing the previous sentence, I don't think it is possible to say.

    Ohhh
    I see.

    If the time has already been set in the past, and you are now referring to something that happened earlier, then you need the past perfect. Using "previous" rather than "last" suggests this is the case.
    .....
    This is so clear and to-the-point.
    Thank you Uncle Jack!
     
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