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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:28:28 AM
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Tan was arrested in Kampong Java, followed by Raslindawati in Champions Way. Both women had been charged in court last Saturday.

Should it be "were charged" instead?

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:27:21 AM

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The sentences you give do not show WHEN they were arrested.

If Tan was arrested on Thursday, followed by Raslindawati on Friday - THEN they were charged on Saturday. . .
"Tan was arrested in Kampong Java, followed by Raslindawati in Champions Way. Both women were charged in court on Saturday."


If they were charged last Saturday and allowed home on bail, but ran away to Java and failed to turn up for their next court appearance on Monday - THEN arrested on Friday . . .
"Tan was arrested in Kampong Java, followed by Raslindawati in Champions Way. Both women had been charged in court last Saturday."

"Had been charged" says that the charges (on Saturday) were before the arrests. The correct tense depends on the facts.

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towan52
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:29:31 AM

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Not necessarily. It depends on the total context and (possibly) what followed (as Dragon has just posted).

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:59:34 AM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker and towan.
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