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    The Illuminati had been founded in

    "The Illuminati had been founded in 1776"
    I think Past Perfect is used here because now people trust that The Illuminati has been disbanded so it's unreal now. Infact, if it were still real the word sentence would be "The Illuminati was founded in 1776". I would like to know if there is a mistake in my thought.

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    Re: The Illuminati had been founded in

    Whatis the context?

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    Re: The Illuminati had been founded in

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Whatis the context?
    The Illuminati was a secret organisation. It was/had been founded by Johann Adam Weishaupt in 1776. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power.

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    Re: The Illuminati had been founded in

    The first sentence justifies the use of the past perfect in the second sentence. (The simple past would also have been acceptable.)

    Note that we could not have known this from your original post alone.

    There is no need to capitalise the names of tenses.

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