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    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he( had) cut the grass.

    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he had cut the grass.

    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he cut the grass.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

    Thanks.

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    Re: The gardener trimmed the hedges after he( had) cut the grass.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he had cut the grass.

    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he cut the grass.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

    Thanks.
    Not really. The use of 'after' makes the sequence of events clear.

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    Re: The gardener trimmed the hedges after he( had) cut the grass.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he had cut the grass.

    The gardener trimmed the hedges after he cut the grass.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

    Thanks.
    One of the main uses of the past perfect is staging the timing of two past events. It works fine in your sentence. However, the word "after" provides the same function, so the simple past also works.

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