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    Default Before he moved here, he [didn't know/hadn't known] much about the country.

    Hello,

    I have been taught that native speakers prefer to use the past simple, as opposed to the past perfect, when the order of the events is clear from the context.

    Which of the following sentences is more natural or are both equally acceptable?

    a) Before I moved here, I didn't know much about the country.

    b) Before I moved here, I hadn't known much about the country.

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    Default Re: Before he moved here, he [didn't know/hadn't known] much about the country.

    To my ear a) is natural and b) is not.

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    Default Re: Before he moved here, he [didn't know/hadn't known] much about the country.

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    I have been taught that native speakers prefer to use the past simple, as opposed to the past perfect, when the order of the events is clear from the context.

    Which of the following sentences is more natural or are both equally acceptable?

    a) Before I moved here, I didn't know much about the country.

    b) Before I moved here, I hadn't known much about the country.

    Best regards,

    Nawee
    You were taught correctly. Both of your sentences are grammatically correct, but the word "before" describes the order of the past actions. That makes the past perfect unnecessary.

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