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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Cool sequence of tenses

    Hello!

    I would like to know if we can use both the past perfect and the past simple interchangeably here. Can you help me please?

    "She had been/was jobless for a long time when she started writing these books".

    Thank you
    Will

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    Re: sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    I would like to know if we can use both the past perfect and the past simple interchangeably here. Can you help me please?

    "She had been/was jobless for a long time when she started writing these books".

    Thank you
    Will
    NOT A TEACHER.

    Only "had been" works for me. If you took out "for a long time," "was jobless" would be correct.

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