Which of the following sentences sounds more natural?
1) The waiter took the plate away before I had finished eating
2)The waiter had taken the plate away before I finished eating.
Thank you. Actually, I thought as much, but what action happened earlier, the waiter's taking the plate or the man's not having finished eating? I'm going into details because I have to explain it to my students.
Should it not be sentence 2, bhaisahab?
I think the action of the waiter taking the plate away happened first.
Why was past perfect used for finish here, engee30?
I agree number 2 makes more sense, though I've had very little coffee this morning.
However, a waiter taking a plate away would not stop ME from eating. I'd just eat from other people's plates, or the bread-basket.
1) The waiter took the plate away before I had finished eating.
The waiter took the plate away, it was gone. I hadn't finished eating.