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    I had just arrived or I just arrived?

    Hi everyone,

    I do not understand why Past Perfect is used at the beginning here.

    "I had just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office." (example taken from "Headway")

    Why do we need "HAD" at the beginning of the sentence here? Can't we just say it like this:

    "I just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office." (first "arrived" then "remembered" consecutive actions)

    Thank you.

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    Re: I had just arrived or I just arrived?

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I do not understand why Past Perfect is used at the beginning here.

    "I had just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office." (example taken from "Headway")

    Why do we need "HAD" at the beginning of the sentence here? Can't we just say it like this:

    "I just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office." (first "arrived" then "remembered" consecutive actions)

    Thank you.
    You arrived home before you remembered.

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    Re: I had just arrived or I just arrived?

    In this post, Barb_D said "You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect".
    Then may I say "You need to use the past perfect when it happened before some other act in the past"?

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    Re: I had just arrived or I just arrived?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In this post, Barb_D said "You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect".
    Then may I say "You need to use the past perfect when it happened before some other act in the past"?
    It could be another action or a time. Also, we don't always have to use the past perfect- in most narratives events happens one after the other but we use the past. The past perfect helps connect the two things.

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    Re: I had just arrived or I just arrived?

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Why do we need "HAD" at the beginning of the sentence here? Can't we just say it like this:

    "I just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office." (first "arrived" then "remembered" consecutive actions)
    You could say I arrived home and remembered that.... However, the simple past doesn't work here with just...when, which are deliberately sequencing the actions.

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