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    had eaten

    When I had eaten my bread, I went to work.
    After I had eaten my bread, I went to work.
    After I ate my bread, I went to work.


    Are the sentences correct?

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    Re: had eaten

    Quote Originally Posted by yan View Post
    After I had eaten my bread, I went to work.
    After I ate my bread, I went to work. This is the best sentence. The tense is simple and balanced.

    When I had eaten my bread, I went to work.
    When I ate my bread, I went to work.

    The above two sentences are not very good. They have another possible meaning, which is 'Whenever I ate my bread, I went to work. Whenever I didn't eat it, I didn't go to work.'

    Probably the above example is not very likely to be misunderstood, but in some other circumstance confusion could exist with "When". The "After" sentences are much better.
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