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    #1

    who had robbed

    Can one say
    a. Last month, they arrested a man who robbed two banks.
    b. Last month, they arrested a man who had robbed two banks.


    c. Last month, they freed a man who robbed two banks.
    d. Last month, they freed a man who had robbed two banks.

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    (c) seems to mean that he robbed the banks after he was freed. Is it merely ambiguous or does it have only that one meaning?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: who had robbed

    They all seem fine to me.

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    Re: who had robbed

    I'd use the past perfect for both of those. That's what it's for.
    c. is ambiguous.

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