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They came to the conclusion that life in this country isn't as beautiful as they had thought before they had come here.
Was the past perfect tense used correctly?
Last edited by 5jj; 03-Feb-2011 at 07:06. Reason: afterthought added.
"Thinking" and "coming" both happened in the past. But you talk about them in one sentence and with "before". Which one happened later? Answer: "coming". So here we say "came", and not "had come".
This is particularly true with linking words such as 'before' (as Khosro said) and 'after', which in themselves establish the sequence of events.