Which is grammatically correct?
Now that he (considered / had considered) the matter thoroughly, he could see their point of view.
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In formal, written work, the past perfect (had considered) would be correct. The past perfect is used for an event in the past that happened before another event in the past. It shows the time relationship more precisely.
In speaking, most native speakers of English don't use the past perfect. They would use the simple past (considered).
- D.E.B.S.Lv 71 month ago
Both can be correct, but in my opinion there are much better ways of saying that. A couple examples:
"Now that he has thoroughly considered the matter, he can see their point of view."
"Having considered the matter thoroughly...."
BOTH are correct. The difference in grammar tense simly provides a slightly different context.
- STEVEN FLv 71 month ago
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- RPLv 71 month ago
Either is fine, but I prefer the first based on brevity.
- UserLv 71 month ago
It's something that he had already completed in the past.
One could also write
"Upon considering the matter thoroughly..."