...she (had been)(was)leaving for France.

lokasseyve

Senior Member
Mandarin
Hi,
1. It was reported that she had been leaving for France.
2. It was reported that she was leaving for France.

I made these two sentences and wonder which one can be used.
More context:
She boarded the plane and after the plane took off, the media began to report on it.

Thank you so much.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    I'd say: It was reported that she had left for France.

    Your sentences sound as if she hadn't yet left for France at the time of reporting but was about to do so.
     

    lokasseyve

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Do you mean that sentence #1 and #2 are the same thing?
    But I think there's difference between them, isn't there?
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    No, they aren't exactly the same thing. But both sound as if she hadn't yet left at that time - the phrases "had been leaving" and "was leaving" suggest she was in the process of leaving.

    Also, the first sentence sounds quite unusual. I can't think of a context that would need that structure, because "had been" suggests a continuous activity, which doesn't match "leaving".
     
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