The term 'complete' is used in reference to two events. One event completes the other; this is not to say that one or both events are finished (completed). There are two meaning here. Shun is under the assumption that 'complete' refers to the actual meaning of the verb:Originally Posted by tdol
I was skiing in Banff when I saw the yeti.
The events of skiing and seeing are finished. "I was skiing" can stand alone without the help of "when I saw the yeti."
I had eaten before she arrived.
The events of eating and arriving are finished; 'I had eaten' cannot stand alone. It needs to pass its meaning onward. It's completed by 'she arrived'.