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    #1

    (had) arrived just two hours before

    Hi,

    *self-made*

    - The ceremony started ten minutes ago. John (had) arrived just two hours before the ceremony.

    I would like to ask if I should put 'had' or can it be omitted.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: (had) arrived just two hours before

    'Before' is a time marker, so I think 'had' can be omitted.
    I am not a teacher.

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