past perfect or simple past


Senior Member
spanish spain
It was exactly what we hoped for
It was exactly what we had hoped for

But it's not as good as we hoped," he said.
"But the reaction has not been as strong as we had hoped for".

What is the difference ? how do we decide ?
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    What is the difference? -> There is no real difference
    How do we decide? -> whichever you want.


    Senior Member
    US, English
    Just in general, I think in English we only insist on past perfect when it is needed to clarify a sequence of events (A had already happened when B happened). Otherwise we are not fussy about it, unlike some other languages.
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