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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:21:51 AM
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I couldn’t wait longer. It had been a whole two hours since he texted/had texted me.

Which is the correct verb?

Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:37:19 PM

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The whole sentence (and the whole situation) is in the past, so the past perfect ("had texted") is appropriate here.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:02:20 PM

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Hi!

The different incidents are:

1. He texted (past)
2. Two hours wait (past)
3. You couldn't wait any longer (past)
4. You tell me about it (present)

The incidents in '1' and '2' are both in the past looking back from '3', so the past perfect fits well.
It SOUNDS almost the same with one word (he'd) ending 'd' and the next word starting with 't'.

I couldn’t wait any longer. It'd been a whole two hours since he'd texted me.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:03:05 PM
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Thanks, thar and DragOnspeaker.
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