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Mar 30 '19 at 14:13 comment added Lambie dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/until I don't think the sample question here works at all.
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Mar 19 '19 at 20:15 answer J.R.Mod timeline score: 5
Mar 19 '19 at 17:45 comment added ColleenV Also related: An emerging pattern of “research” close votes and How much effort is enough effort?
Mar 19 '19 at 17:25 answer FumbleFingers timeline score: 3
Mar 19 '19 at 17:21 comment added ColleenV If a question doesn’t have enough detail/context to write a good answer for it, it should be put on hold until the author provides the necessary information. If the author doesn’t want to provide that information eventually the question will go from “on hold” to “closed”.
Mar 19 '19 at 17:13 comment added virolino The question then is: what if the OP does not comply / add new info? This is the actual problem.
Mar 19 '19 at 17:11 comment added FumbleFingers What @Mari-LouA said. I don't think "Too Basic" (or our equivalent, "Please include the research you’ve done") is a valid reason for closevoting. It's not obvious to me that any grammar book would explicitly explain any possible difference in meaning, and it seems highly unlikely they would mention anything about which version would be more likely in any specific context where they're equally valid and interchangeable. The only issue is we could do with more detail (what the OP already knows, a more complete context, etc.), which might be better addressed in a comment anyway.
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Mar 19 '19 at 17:07 comment added ColleenV Related discussion : Ask even if the answer exists online
Mar 19 '19 at 16:15 comment added virolino @J.R.: the answer is probably a number of pages in the grammar book, providing the correct information about tenses - information which should be massively copy-pasted to ELL in order to build a good answer - just like copy-pasting dictionary entries for the people who do not care to use a dictionary.
Mar 19 '19 at 16:14 answer SamBC timeline score: 2
Mar 19 '19 at 16:13 comment added virolino @Mari-LouA: you state some facts and they are correct, but I do not understand where you are getting at. Is the question good and a long answer should be provided, or the question is less than suitable and must be updated or deleted - regardless of answers?
Mar 19 '19 at 15:10 comment added Mari-Lou A But the "problem" is that both those sentences are grammatically correct. You can't find an answer to that question, basically because it lacks context. The OP is asking what's the difference between the past perfect simple and the simple past. They haven't said what they know, what they have studied, nor what they haven't understood. They just slapped two sentences in the middle of nowhere, so a good answer is not something you can summarise in two or three lines or even in a short paragraph.
Mar 19 '19 at 14:20 comment added J.R. Mod RE: The answer can be found in any grammar book. If there is a simple, readily-available answer to that question, I think you should link to it.
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