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    Anna had been acquainted

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. I have tried to use "acquainted" in my sentence.

    Anna had been acquainted for years with the old professor before she married him. After his death, she had become the custodian of his archive.

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    Re: Anna had been acquainted

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Anna had been acquainted for years with the old professor for years before she married him. After his death, she had become the custodian of his archive.
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    Re: Anna had been acquainted

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    After his death, she had become the custodian of his archive.
    Could you please explain to me why "had become" is natural in that sentence? Without more context, I would say "After his death, she became the custodian of his archive."
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    Re: Anna had been acquainted

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    Could you please explain to me why "had become" is natural in that sentence? Without more context, I would say "After his death, she became the custodian of his archive."
    Fair enough. However, the original is not wrong. It is possible that another past event is being used as the reference point.

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    Anna had been acquainted with the old professor for years before she married him. After his death, she had become the custodian of his archive. But five years later, Anna herself fell ill and died.

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