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    #1

    Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence.

    I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room.

    This sentence is from Arthur Conan Doyle's story. Why there are two past perfect verbs? Is it the same to say:

    I had come to these conclusions before ever I entered his room.

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    I came to these conclusions before ever I entered his room.

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    Re: Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence.

    Yes.
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    #3

    Re: Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than one story.

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    Re: Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence.

    Doggo, please note that thread titles should include some or all of the words/phrases you are querying. A good title for this thread would have been "I had come to these conclusions". You would then give the full sentences and your actual question within the body of the post. As Tarheel pointed out, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than one story so saying "This sentence is from Arthur Conan Doyle's story" is incorrect. It suggests he wrote only one. Please give us the name of the book the quote comes from.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence.

    It is OK to use two past perfect verbs in the same sentence- Conan Doyle's sentence is fine.

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