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My friend Jerome was telling me about the military and he said:

I had been called horrible things when I was in the military but it was for motivation. - so does this mean that he was called horrible things before he entered the military or during?

Or should it be:

I've been called horrible things when I was in the military but it was for motivation. - Correct?
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Hi,

My friend Jerome was telling me about the military and he said:

I had been called horrible things when I was in the military but it was for motivation. - so does this mean that he was called horrible things before he entered the military or during?

You need to ask Jerome why he used the Past Perfect. It sounds like the calling action happened before something else that this sentence does not tell us about.

Or should it be:

I've been called horrible things when I was in the military but it was for motivation. - Correct?

Sounds wrong. Why have you used the Present Perfect here?

Why not just say 'I was called horrible things . . . '

Precious, you are having a lot of trouble understanding the Past Perfect tense. Do you have a good grammar book, in which you can review the whole matter?

If you want to post some more sentences with Past Perfect, can we try it this way? You post the sentence, and also post your explanation of why you have used the Past Perfect. Then we can see if you are thinking about it in the correct way.

I think this may be a better way for us to help you.

Best wishes, Clive.

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Hey Clive, thank you for your instructions.

Could you tell me if this sentence works:

"I've been called so many names in New York, so to me name calling is just ridiculous and unimportant."

Would it be okay to use the quote above while talking to a friend in Mississippi if I no longer live in New York?

Thanks again.
Hi,

Could you tell me if this sentence works:

"I've been called so many names in New York, so to me name calling is just ridiculous and unimportant."

Would it be okay to use the quote above while talking to a friend in Mississippi if I no longer live in New York?

I wouldn't. It sounds like you still live there.

If you don't still live there, say

"I was called so many names in New York, so to me name calling is just ridiculous and unimportant."

Best wishes, Clive