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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Default was started/had been started

    Since this incident, Mr Koh has closed all the windows in the living room before going to bed. He believes that the fire had been/ was started by a vandal who set fire to his curtain through the open windows.

    Should I use 'had been' or 'was'?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: was started/had been started

    'Was' sounds more natural to me.

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    Thanks, Tdol.

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