The journey was the longest one I took / I had taken.

sunnyweather

Senior Member
Polish
Would you use Past Simple or Past Perfect here?

The journey was the longest one I took / I had taken.

I think both are possible.

Past Perfect if before that journey I had had a longer one. And Present Perfect if till now I haven't had a longer one. Am I right?

Thank you.
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    You are right that both are possible but wrong about how we use them.
    Had taken : up until this point I had never taken a longer one. I have taken a longer one since then.
    Took : this was the longest journey in the set of journeys I am currently discussing. I may or may not have taken longer journeys previously or since.
     
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