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  1. Anonymous
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    had/had been/was

    Dear sir,

    Could you please advise how to use had/had been/was to discribe the past action.

    Eg. I was in Taipei or I had in taipei or I had been in Taipei last year?

    Thanks!

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    #2
    " I was in Taipei last year. " is not difficult to understand :)

    " I had in Taipei last year " is wrong sentence.

    " I had been in Taipei last year " is an incomplete sentence unless you say more things in front or at the back of this sentence.

    eg While you were in the US, I had been in Taipei last year.

    ' had been ' refers to a period of time there.

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    eg While you were in the US, I had been in Taipei last year.

    I'm not too happy with this sentence because the two events were at the same time.

    I'd say:
    eg While you were in the US, I was in Taipei last year.

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    #4
    On second thought, it sure isn't a good example :P

    How about " I had been in Taipei all along before I came to realise that London is more suitable a place for me " ?

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