Re: had been pending

Subject: Re: had been pending
From: "Brad Barnes (T)" <blb -at- FORMTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 14:04:02 -0500

David Ibbetson asked...

> What about "The judge's written explanation of his verdict had been pending
> for ten years in 1973. It is still pending today"?


No, it isn't pending today. *Had been pending* is in the past perfect tense.
Past perfect tense is an action that began and was completed in the past.

For it to be still pending today, it would have to be in the present perfect tense, for example, it has been pending.

Brad Barnes
Technical Writer


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