past perfect for past

dharv at dharv at
Thu Aug 12 01:31:23 UTC 2010

Use of the pluperfect to introduce a reason for the action "I'd gone 
to the city to see a specialist..." was common in the Australian 
English of my parents' generation (b. 1890s) and mine (b. 1930s).

At 12:36 PM -0700 10/8/10, Moore, John wrote:
>I heard someone claim that younger speakers of American English will 
>use the past perfect ('I'd gone') instead of the simple past ('I 
>went') in colloquial speech.  Has anyone heard of this, and if so, 
>does anyone know of any literature n it?
>thanks, John

David Harvey
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