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    Default tense question : had dictated at that time

    This is from a interviewee talking about the notion of pregnant in America:

    Four years ago, women were, they were wearing tent dresses, and hiding and you know they were ashamed or just… It wasn't a pleasant experience for them, and that was the society had dictated at that time. But we are living in a different age, in a different time, and women are just proud to show the world that they are pregnant.

    I have no idea why she uses "had dictated"here. Is it the same if I used past tense instead?

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    Default Re: tense question : had dictated at that time

    If this is an exact transcript, it is a good example of how people speaking often do not follow good grammatical structures.

    Four years ago, women were, they were wearing tent dresses, and hiding and you know they were ashamed or just… It wasn't a pleasant experience for them, [but] that was [what] society had dictated at that time. But we are living in a different age, in a different time, and women are just proud to show the world that they are pregnant.

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