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Would anyone be able to help me out on the differences in the below sentences?
1. It had been snowing when I built a snowman.
2. It was snowing when I built a snowman.
3. It had been snowing.
4. It had snowed.
Thank you :)
1 means it had already been snowing for a period of time when the speaker built a snowman.
2 means it was snowing at the time when the speaker built a snowman.
I think the past perfect is not needed in 3 and 4 because 'You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect'── quoted from http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/th...86#post1042786
Not a teacher.