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    Can I use past perfect together with when clause?

    Dear teachers,
    This may have been asked several times, but I couldn't find this kind of question, so I'm now asking here.

    Is it alright to use past perfect together with when clause?
    e.g.) When I stayed in the U.S., Cathy and I had been going together for a year.
    Or should I say "When I stayed in the U.S., Cathy and I went together[were going together] for a year."?
    The expression "go together" here means "have a date" or "be someone's girlfriend/boyfriend".

    It's really complicated for us learners to use perfect tense properly.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Can I use past perfect together with when clause?

    "Had been going together for a year" means "We had been a couple (boyfriend/girlfriend or boyfriend/boyfriend or girlfriend/girlfriend) for a year".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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