- I (hoped - had hoped) to leave by 8, but I overslept and missed the bus.
'Had hoped' seems the better answer because of the presence of 'by + past time'. However, Martin Hewings in Advanced Grammar says:
"We can use either the past perfect or past simple (and often past continuous and past perfectcontinuous; seeUnits 4 and 7) when we talk about things that we intended to do, but didn’t or won’tnow do in the future:
Ihad hopedto visit the gallery before I left Florence, but it’s closed on Mondays. (orIhoped..., Iwas hoping..., Ihad been hoping...)
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