Present Perfect or Past Perfect?

I'm practicing for an exam and this question came up: "Yo quería ver la nueva película pero mis amigos ya la __."

Would the answer be "han visto" or "habían visto"? I'm guessing habían visto, but I just want to make sure.

August 17, 2012


The first verb in the sentence is in the past: "yo quería (wanted) ver la nueve película." To describe something that happened before that in the past you need the past perfect.

August 18, 2012


August 18, 2012

"Yo quería" is in the imperfect tense (a type of past tense). So yes, the answer would be "habían visto." Be careful with "Yo quería" because the difference between that and the conditional "Yo querría" is one letter (r).

August 22, 2012
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