San
Lv 5

Which is grammatically correct?

Now that he (considered / had considered) the matter thoroughly, he could see their point of view.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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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). 

  • 1 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...."

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    BOTH are correct. The difference in grammar tense simly provides a slightly different context.

  • 1 month ago

    NEITHER.     

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Either is fine, but I prefer the first based on brevity.

  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "had considered"

    It's something that he had already completed in the past.

    One could also write

    "Upon considering the matter thoroughly..."

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