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    Use the past perfect to talk about an event that occured before another event in the past, both events having occurred previous to the statement.

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    • I had eaten before Donna got home.


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    The past perfect can also be used when an action occurred before a certain time in the past:

    I had never used a computer before 1990.

    (Here the idea is that after 1990, things changed. You could also use the past simple here.)

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    Yes, formally one would put it in; informally leave out. :)

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    Informally in BE, we try to avoid unnecessary past perfects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Use the past perfect to talk about an event that occured before another event in the past, both events having occurred previous to the statement.

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    • I had eaten before Donna got home.


    :)
    What about this one?

    By the time he had found a parking space, he was already late for the show.

    Iain

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    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Use the past perfect to talk about an event that occured before another event in the past, both events having occurred previous to the statement.

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    • I had eaten before Donna got home.


    :)
    What about this one?

    By the time he had found a parking space, he was already late for the show.

    Iain
    That is good too. (You could also use simple past there.)

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    What about this one?

    By the time he had found a parking space, he was already late for the show.

    Iain
    I take it that when he arrived the show had already started, then.

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