"Sailing - in that fall it was like this, that I spent life"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by adeodatusax, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. adeodatusax New Member

    German
    Hi,

    "Sailing - In that fall it was like this, that/how I spent life."

    or

    "Sailing - In that fall it had been like this, that/how I spent life."

    I'm somehow confused by this sentence. I don't know if I shall use the simple past or the past perfect. Would "in that fall it had been like this, that I spent life" be the best alternative or it depends on what I'm trying to say ? It's like there's a guy talking about some past memories,i.e. he isn't sailing anymore. What I ask myself is if in this sentence there's a kind of continuity to it that would require the past perfect or if I shall take it as a fact and simply say that at this period of time in the past he was there sailing. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Hmm, sounds what? Literary, pensive, reminiscent to the point that the author is talking to himself more than to any audience, so he is there, remembering. I agree with your conclusion:

    "Sailing -- in that fall, it had been like this that I spent life."
     

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