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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    had been

    Dear teachers and friends

    Forgive my ignorance, but I just need to ask these two questions:

    What's the difference between these two sentences?

    What had been the currency of your country before your last president changed it?
    What was the currency of your country before your last president changed it?

    What verb tense does 'had been' belong to?

    Many thanks



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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    1. What had been the currency of your country before your last president changed it?
    2. What was the currency of your country before your last president changed it?
    They are both acceptable. With the conjunction 'before', the past perfect had been (#1) is correct, but not essential. The past simple was (#2) is fine.

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