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I saw the thieves.......over the wall.

 
 
Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 10:15 am
As soon as I came in, I saw the thieves ___over the wall
1) had jumped 2) jump 3) jumped 4) were jumping

I believe that #3 is correct. Am I right?

Thanks.
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TomTomBinks
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 10:17 am
@tanguatlay,
Number 2 sounds better.
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mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 10:19 am
@tanguatlay,
#3 is the only one that is grammatically imprecise.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 11:39 am
@tanguatlay,
(1) The thieves are probably already on the far side, maybe running away

(2) They were in process of jumping when you saw 'em

(3) We'd say "had jumped" per Mark above

(4) Same as (2)
TomTomBinks
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 11:42 am
@dalehileman,
Wouldn't it be more correct to say "As soon as I came in, I saw THAT the thieves had jumped over the wall"?
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 11:46 am
@TomTomBinks,
TomTomBinks wrote:

Wouldn't it be more correct to say "As soon as I came in, I saw THAT the thieves had jumped over the wall"?
I think so too. Without "that", only "jump" is correct. Am I correct?
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 12:02 pm
@TomTomBinks,
Quote:
THAT the thieves had jumped over the wall
Yea Tom, technically, but here we'd oft omit
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