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Hi all,

From an exercise in our textbook, here's a sentence that caused some controversy in my class.

TASK: Find and correct the errors in the following sentences: (I'm posting only one of these, the one that caused disagreement)
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I had expected having heard from the selection committee by now.

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Three answers were put forward:

1. I had expected to hear from the selection committee by now.
2. I had expected to have heard from the selection committee by now.
3. I had expected that I would have heard from the selection committee by now.

Could you please comment on these (or, if you're not satisfied with any, add your own)?
I have my opinion on the above three, but would like not to influence anybody. Emotion: smile

Thank you!
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Hmm, ciao,
this seems confusing! Emotion: surprise
I don't like any of the ones you posted. I think I would say...

"I expected I would hear from the selection committee by now."
"I expected to hear from the selection committee by now"

"I expected to have heard from the committee by now" (but I am not sure about this one, and I wouldn't like it anyway, I guess).

And now that I have written mine, I realize they are almost the same as yours, but I didn't use the past perfect, LOL. It doesn't sound good with "by now" to me. That's all. Emotion: smile
 Right - I had expected to have heard by THEN.
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Right what? Emotion: surprise Barb, could you tell us more? I'd like to know if any of the versions proposed, either by me or Tanit, make any sense, or what would be best to say. Pweeeze! Emotion: stick out tongue Thanks.
 I mean, I expected to have heard by now.I expected I would have heard by now.
I had expected to have heard by then.
The pst perfect of "had expected" means that something should have happened since that past point in time of my expectations.

I was disappointed when I opened my mail on Monday, because I had expected to have heard by then. (Fortunately, my waiting came to an end on Tuesday when the results finally arrived. You know me, I need my happy endings.)
I'm puzzled (speaking today) that there has been no word. I expected to have heard by now.
Hmm, sorry, I must have been dumb (more than usual), because I thought I head read "by NOW" in your last reply. Now I have seen that it was actually clear you meant there was a problem with the past perfect and you agreed with me, so... sorry, LOL. Anyway, thanks. Emotion: smile
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Thank you both, Kooyeen and GG. Emotion: smile

Barb, your reply makes a lot of sense to me.
As I hadn't thought of that "by now", my sentence was "I had expected to have heard from the selection committee by now" (#2, which, incidentally, was also the "correct" answer, according to the book -- but I didn't know this when I posted).
Since the unit where this exercise comes from focuses on verb patterns (v + -ing, v + to + infinitive, v + bare infinitive, v + preposition + gerund, v + that clause), we probably concentrated too much on the pattern thing and neglected the point you and K. correctly pointed out.

Thanks again! Case solved. Emotion: smile