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Hello

1. This morning most of the students arrived at school fifteen minutes after the lesson had begun.

2. The traffic was terrible, so by the time we arrived at the airport, our flight had left.

3. When we met I had a strange feeling I had seen him somewhere else.

I would use the past perfect in all of them, however I'm wondering if this would also be fine to use the past simple in the first one, i.e., .....the lesson began? Would you change something?
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The past perfect (pluperfect) is correct in all three sentences. They refer to an action completed before another action expressed in the past. Good job.
NewguestI'm wondering if this it would also be fine all right to use the past simple in the first one, i.e., ..the lesson began? Would you change something?
You could change it, and the time sequence would still be clear. Personally, I would not change it.
CJ
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CJ, could you help me understand why 'fine' is incorrect? I thought fine and all right were interchangable.
Google Books:
127 on "be fine to use"
http://books.google.com/books?q=%22be+fine+to+use%22&btnG=Search+Books

539
on "be all right to use" [Seems indeed the dominant one

http://books.google.com/books?q=%22be+all+right+to+use%22&btnG=Search+Books
CalifJim
NewguestI'm wondering if this it would also be fine all right to use the past simple in the first one, i.e., ..the lesson began? Would you change something?
You could change it, and the time sequence would still be clear. Personally, I would not change it.

CJ

Hi

I'm also wondering why "this" and "fine" are incorrect? Are they just more colloquial than "it" and "all right"?

thanks
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"This" is definitely wrong, as you're describing a general, abstract situation, which needs "it". "Fine" is just less used than "all right" as shown in my previous posting.
Marius HancuGoogle Books:

127 on "be fine to use"

http://books.google.com/books?q=%22be+fine+to+use%22&btnG=Search+Books

539 on "be all right to use" [Seems indeed the dominant one

http://books.google.com/books?q=%22be+all+right+to+use%22&btnG=Search+Books

I see. So, it and all right just sound better?
"It" will sound correct. "All right" will sound better for more people, which is what you want.
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