I 'had' taken [emphatic?]

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:)
 
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  • 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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