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    #1

    recovered / had recovered

    As soon as he recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.
    As soon as he had recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.



    Hey, teachers! Which is correct?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: recovered / had recovered

    I consider both correct because 'as soon as' is a time marker, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: recovered / had recovered

    Quote Originally Posted by giddyman View Post
    As soon as he recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.
    As soon as he had recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.



    Hey, teachers! Which is correct?

    Thank you in advance.
    Both. The pattern of the second sentence is often used in the historic past, i.e. in the Bible, biographies, etc.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: recovered / had recovered

    I would choose No. 1.
    I go by this principle: there is no need to use the past perfect tense when the simple past is clear enough.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: recovered / had recovered

    If both are correct,
    (1) do those two sentences mean the same?
    (2) which is better?

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    #6

    Re: recovered / had recovered

    They mean the same to me, and I prefer the simple past, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: recovered / had recovered

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    They mean the same to me, and I prefer the simple past, but I am not a teacher.
    Thank you, Matthew. I came to know what "Jesus" is in Chinese thanks to you.

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    Re: recovered / had recovered

    Quote Originally Posted by giddyman View Post
    As soon as he recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.
    As soon as he had recovered from his illness, he invited them to dine.


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    Both are correct and natural. There is no difference in meaning.

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