alternative sentence construction

LornaA1Kwiziq community member

alternative sentence construction

Después de haberte ido tú- es posible también decir "después de habías ido"? o que es la diferencia?  muchas gracias
Asked 1 year ago
DavidC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hello there Lorna -

Your second alternative needs a 'que' > making it: "después de que habías ido". [Or instead of the pluperfect you could have used the straight preterite/indefinido: "después de que fuiste", or "después de que te fuiste"].

See Kwiziq lesson > Using antes de que/después de que with indicative or subjunctive in Spanish (subordinate time clauses) (Spain)

If the subject is the same in both parts of the sentence, then the simpler construction is preferred - i.e., using just the infinitive [as in your first alternative].

An example containing different subjects, would be: "Después de que habías ido, María llegó" = "After you had left, María arrived".

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Lorna

Just to add a little bit to David's detailed answer, remember that you can't have a conjugated verb after a preposition, so you wouldn't be able to say "después de habías ido"; you need an infinitive "después de haberte ido.."

Saludos

alternative sentence construction

Después de haberte ido tú- es posible también decir "después de habías ido"? o que es la diferencia?  muchas gracias

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