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    "applied" and "had applied"

    1. George applied for the position three times ______ he finally got it.
    A. before B. until C. when D. after
    A is supposed to be the best choice, but I think none of them works well.
    My opinion is if A is used in the above sentence, I would like to replace "applied" with "had applied", like this---George had applied for the position three times before he finally got it.
    Is A or am I correct? Why?
    Thanks to everybody.

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    Re: "applied" and "had applied"

    'Before' as a time marker has already established the sequence, so both the simple past and the past perfect are correct.

    Not a teacher.

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