We (live) __ in Ireland for five years then we (move) __ to London in 2000.
I think the answer is "lived/ moved" not "had lived / moved" Am I right.Thanks for your consideration.
I also would have said it's right, however, I would not be able to explain why "had lived" can't be right.
Could you explain it, please?
I think the other can be right as well. It's up to the speaker whether they would like to stress the distinctiveness of two past time-frames, or to amalgamate them sequentially.
Last edited by konungursvia; 11-Nov-2009 at 18:45. Reason: sp.
It's not wrong, but it's not necessary. When the order is so very clear (We did this, and then we did that) the past perfect doesn't add any information. Sometimes it even ends up sounding awkward.
It can have its uses. You can use it to add emphasis to how much further in the past something was.
Another post here recently complained about a passage that started with "I had asked her..." but I found it fine because it makes it clear it was done, long gone, well past.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.