Unformatted text preview: For three days, the men had not had any food. 2 Use To give the situation or the background to a story that began in the past: EXAMPLES: When we got to the coast, the all cried out in surprise. It was the first time they had ever seen the sea. We did not think we could win the match. Our best player had broken his leg in a car accident two days before. The teams had been play ing for ten minutes when the rain began. NOTICE: We can use the past perfect to show which happened first: EXAMPLES: I tried to open the door but somebody had locked it from the other side. [First somebody locked it, then I tried to open it.] I tried to open the door but somebody locked it from the other side. [These two things happened at the same time.]...
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- Spring '10
- Participle, Perfect aspect, AUXiliary, past participle