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Hi everyone,

I'm not certain whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not, esp. regarding the part in bold?
Can "had p.p." come in the "that senctence" when the main verb of present form is used in the main sentence?

Shouldn't the verb of past form, "accepted" be used instead of "had accepted"?
If the sentence is alright, what the situation should be and what difference can be between "had accpted" and "accepted"?

hope to hear your kind opinions...
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It is alleged that police officers had accepted bribes.
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Pb03 It is alleged that police officers had accepted bribes.
This is fine. We usually talk about a past tense time reference being required for the past perfect to work. But it doesn't have to be in the same sentence.

The department is in an uproar. Three of their finest were indicted last week on multiple charges. It is alleged that police officers had accepted bribes.

How's that for a mix?? Edit. As MrM says, the author has some latitude here. He may wish to stress that the "alleging" continues. If in the meantime the charges had been found unwarranted, "it was alleged" should be used.

There's also a narrative style which uses past perfect without any time reference at all.

- A.
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Pb03It is alleged that police officers had accepted bribes.
Grammatically correct. The past perfect tense is a dependent tense. It indicates here that the acceptance of bribes happened before something else. And that something else is probably mentioned earlier in the text.

CJ
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Can "had p.p." come when the main verb of present form is used in the main sentence?-- It can.

Shouldn't the verb of past form, "accepted" be used instead of "had accepted"?-- That is the expected, but the writer presumably had a reason to emphasize the previousness of the bribery; further context could also reveal another past event with which the bribery is associated.

If the sentence is alright, what the situation should be and what difference can be between "had accpted" and "accepted"?-- As mentioned above, the context may ask for the past perfect.
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