having bought

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having bought

Post by JerrySmile » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:36 am

Happy New Year 2015, everyone!

1. He admitted buying tools at Walmart.

2. He admitted having bought tools at Walmart.


3. He remembered buying tools at Walmart.

4. He remembered having bought tools at Walmart.


Any differences between 1 and 2, respectively 3 and 4, in terms of temporal aspect?

My thinking is as follows:

1.
I think the "buying" here can be seen as being performed
pretty much contemporaneously with "admitting," just a bit earlier, thus in a "single past" time
or
[much] earlier, before "admitting," thus in a "past perfect" time

2.
I think the "buying" here can be seen as being performed
only before "admitting," thus in a "past perfect" time

Now, the big difference with "remembering" is that you can't quite remember contemporaneous actions, but only previous ones :-)
which means that

in
3 and 4
I think the "buying" here can be seen as being performed
only before "remembering," thus in a "past perfect" time

How about it?
Post actions:

End of topic.
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