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    #1

    When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    Hello,

    1. When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    2. When I got home, I realised that my dad had left an hour before.

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences?

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    #2

    Re: When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    In BrE, only #2 is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    Thank you :)

    Would the below sentences carry the meaning of this one "When I got home, I realised that my dad had left an hour before."
    3. When I got home, I realised that my dad left it an hour before.
    4. I realised that my dad left home an hour before when I got there.
    5. I realised that my dad left home an hour before I got there.

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    #4

    Re: When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    Only sentence 5 is correct and conveys the meaning you're aiming for.

    In sentence 3, the reader can't tell what it refers to. Sentence 4 is the same as sentence 1 with the clauses reversed and has the same tense mismatch.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    Actually, 5 could mean that an hour before getting home, you realized it.

    I'd been gone for a year. I couldn't wait to see Mom and Dad. But alas, no one had told me that Dad had left home a month ago. My sister finally told me the truth on the way home from the airport. So I realized my dad left home an hour before I got there.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: When I got home, I realised that my dad left an hour before.

    Even with the above, I'd use the past perfect. (I know that Americans don't always follow this grammar.)
    "So I realized an hour before I got home that my dad had left."

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