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    2x had been ?

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    She remembered that it had been the first time that David had been completely open with her.

    What would be the difference if I changed the sentence to: She remembered that it was the first time that David had been completely open with her. What does the past perfect (in the first part of the sentence) emphasize?

    The original sentence comes from the following book:

    https://books.google.cz/books?id=_R0xBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA146&lpg=PA146&dq=%22it+ had+been+the+first+time+%22&source=bl&ots=ocr2XiV9 Uc&sig=_Fsd4QabOSBFWi0LVm4IUbDPYu4&hl=cs&sa=X&ved= 0CEoQ6AEwCGoVChMIkcXcmK6IyAIVgcZyCh0O6QE7#v=onepag e&q=%22it%20had%20been%20the%20first%20time%20%22& f=false


    Thank you very much!

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    I can't see that it would make any difference at all to the meaning.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Isn´t the sentence with 2x past perfect a bit overloaded? Beacuse if I were to construct a similar sentence I would hesitate which construction I should use to sound more natural.


    E.G. The trip in 1975 was the best we had ever experienced.

    vs

    The trip in 1975 had been the best we had ever experienced.

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    Re: 2x had been ?

    I don't disagree with you. I would have probably used "was" instead of "has been" in your original example. The author chose, for reasons of his own, to use the past perfect.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

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    Dominik, you didn't need to give us the URL of the entire text of the book. We aren't going to read it all to see how your quote fits in with the context.

    You could have written 'The original sentence comes from "Envoys from the Stars" by Ian Way'.

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    #6

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    I am sorry for that. Naturally I didn´t want you to read the whole book or chapter. Sometimes I am asked to provide more context details. Therefore I did so.

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