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Hello

Can someone please explain to me the difference between these two sentences.

1) I was wondering if you had made a decision regarding marketing role.

2) Have you made a decision regarding marketing role?

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Zybastek1) I was wondering if you had made a decision regarding marketing role.
You were wondering (at some point in the past, e.g. Point A) if a decision was made (at another point in the past that preceded point A).
Zybastek2) Have you made a decision regarding marketing role?
"Has a decision been made yet?" This covers all the time in the past up to now.
Zybastekregarding ^ marketing role.
You need a determiner there.

CJ
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Zybastekdifference between these two sentences
1) is a less direct way of asking the question in 2).

CJ
CalifJim Zybastekregarding ^ marketing role.You need a determiner there.CJ
That's right - I'd neglected to write that.
CalifJim1) is a less direct way of asking the question in 2).
Don't you think it would be a little strange to use the past perfect in this way? I would just say:
I was wondering if you've made a decision . . .
I was wondering if a decision has been made . . .

Since whether or not a decision has been made is presumably still relevant and includes the period up to now, I'd use the present perfect.

My two cents.
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1. The past perfect is used, which denotes action completed in the past, so here the speaker is implying that he assumes the listener, if he indeed made the decision, did so some time ago.

2. The present perfect is used, which denotes action completed in the present, so here the speaker is implying that he assumes the listener, if he indeed made the decision, did so it very recently.
XerxesDon't you think it would be a little strange to use the past perfect in this way?
Not really. Actually in this particular sentence (with 'wonder') I'm rather indifferent to whether "have" or "had" is used. You're right about the technicalities that should be considered when analyzing the sentence "close up", but on first hearing it in a real-world situation, I don't think I'd notice the difference. I would just take the past perfect as a backshift of the present perfect due to the past tense of "was wondering" and re-orient my brain to understand it as a present perfect "in disguise". Emotion: smile

CJ
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