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    Default The first time the play was / had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russia.

    The first time the play had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russia.

    The first time the play was performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russia.

    Which is the correct sentence?

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    Default Re: The first time the play was / had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russi

    They are both correct.

    In what context do you want to use them?


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    Default Re: The first time the play was / had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russi

    Thanks, Rover.

    The above is an exam question. We had to choose between the two verbs. No further context.

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    Default Re: The first time the play was / had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russi

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The above is an exam question. We had to choose between the two verbs. No further context.
    Then it's a bad question.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: The first time the play was / had been performed as a ballet was in 1892 in Russi

    Without further context, I would go for the simple past, but it's not a good question.

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