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    #1

    by the time

    Hi,

    - By the time we finished our preparations for the congress, most of the participants had arrived at the hall.

    I would like to ask if I msut use a simple past or past perfect tense with 'by the time.'

    - By the time we finished our preparations for the congress, most of the participants arrived at the hall.

    Thanks.

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    Re: by the time

    I would go with the past perfect. That action happened before the first action.

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