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    I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    "I had been/was feeling well here, before you came"
    which word should I say? (coloured text)

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    Re: I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    Both the past perfect and the simple past are OK because the word 'before' has established the time sequence.

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    #3

    Re: I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    I agree with Matthew. I prefer "was" in this sentence.

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    Re: I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    But on my thought,



    We use the Past Perfect Continuous to show that something started in the past and continued up until another time in the past. "For five minutes" and "for two weeks" are both durations which can be used with the Past Perfect Continuous. Notice that this is related to the Present Perfect Continuous; however, the duration does not continue until now, it stops before something else in the past.



    "James had been teaching the university for more than a year before he left to Asia"

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    Re: I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    Again, the adverb "before" creates the time sequence. That makes the use of the past perfect unnecessary, but not incorrect.

    Two events in sequence:

    I left the restaurant.
    He arrived.

    I left the restaurant before he arrived.
    I had left the restaurant before he arrived.

    No difference.

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    Re: I <had been / was> feeling well here, before you came

    The past perfect must be used as long as 'before' is replaced with 'when'.

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