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Akasaka

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello everyone,
Which of the two sentences is more often used? I assume they are both correct, isn't it?

She opened the mail which was delivered that morning.
She opened the mail which had been delivered that morning.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • rocstar

    Senior Member
    México - Español-
    Hi Akasaka.
    None of them bother me;
    She opened the mail which was delivered that morning.=
    The mail that was delivered that morning.
    She opened the mail which had been delivered that morning.=
    The mail that had been delivered that morning.

    Rocstar



     

    Gorgiewave

    Senior Member
    Scotland, English
    I agree with cyberpedant, who illustrates the value of pedantism*.
    To answer the question, I think the past perfect is commoner.

    Both sentences are perfectly understandable and I think correct but the past perfect is better because it makes it unambiguous that the letter was delivered before she opened it. "that was delivered that morning" sounds vaguer and I feel like putting "that same morning" to make it more precise. I would say use past perfect.
     

    cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    "pedantism" ??? Tsk, tsk and a finger-wave to you, Gorgiewave. It's "pedantry." And I ought to know!
    Akasaka asks: "Understandable, but when you see or hear the first sentence, it bothers you?"
    Not really, but if I were grading someone's paper, I would underline it.
     
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