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    a prank i played/had played

    A prank I played/had played on my best friend caused her never to be able to dance again.

    Im wondering if I should use the simple past or past perfect tense in the above sentence. Are both acceptable or only one is correct?

    Thank you!

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    Re: a prank i played/had played

    I consider both acceptable because the context has made it clear that 'played' must have happened before 'caused'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a prank i played/had played

    Be aware that a "prank" is supposed to be a harmless joke. Clearly, this did a lot of harm, although I expect it was not intended.

    I suggest something more like saying "I played a prank that went horribly wrong on my friend and as a result she can never dance again."
    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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