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    Smile he was/had been idle

    The old man repented that he had been/was idle.


    Do both had been and was fit in the above context? Thanks.

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    Default Re: he was/had been idle

    They are both grammatically correct.

    Which one to use will depend on the full context:

    he repented that he had been >> past action
    he repented that he was >> current action

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    Default Re: he was/had been idle

    Thanks, Anglika.
    I get it now.

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