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    had been/was repaired

    Hi everyone,

    I have a problem understanding correctly the following sentences. Please let me know if my interpretation is correct.

    1. "When I got to the garage my car had been repaired." (it was repaired BEFORE I got to the garage)

    2. "When I got to the garage my car was repaired." (as far as I understand "past simple+past simple" is used for actions that happen one after another, so I understand this sentence like this: first I got to the garage and then the car was repaired (meaning that I sort of waited a bit after I arrived).

    Thank you.

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    Re: had been/was repaired

    Your understanding is correct. I would use a comma after 'garage'.

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