I left the college before I'd taken...

sylwiano44

New Member
Polish
I left the college before I'd taken the final test.

Does the action in the Past Simple ( leaving the College) happened first?
And what about the tests? Does the sentence imply that I didn't take the test or I took it but after I had left the college?

Thanks!
 
  • KHS

    Senior Member
    Yes, leaving college happened first. I just had a discussion about this less common use of past perfect. People in the discussion seemed to feel that something had been continuing (in this case, taking tests) prior to the action of leaving college, which is why English allows past perfect for the later action.

    It is implied that you didn't take it, but I suppose you could construct an unusual situation in which you leave the college (perhaps by officially transferring to another college), but still take the last of your final exams after that.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, leaving the college happened before the date of the final test.

    No, the person didn’t taken the final test. How could they, if they’d already left college?

    At least, that’s the obvious conclusion to draw.


    I left the college before I'd taken the final test.
    = I left the college before taking the final test.
    = I left the college without taking the final test.
     
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