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    past perfect

    Today I wrote a daily report. I wrote:
    We had thrown our plates on the trash after we finished our lunch.
    but my director corrected for me and she rewrote:
    We threw our plates on the trash after we finished our lunch.
    I thought if 2 action in the past and it's done so we use past perfect, but how come it was 2 simple past in 1 sentence.
    Thank you.

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    Re: past perfect

    You use the past perfect to show sequence. The action further in the past uses past perfect. After we had eaten lunch, we threw out plates in the trash.

    However, when it's clear what the sequence is ("after") you can use simple past for both.

    In the U.S., we throw things IN the trash, not ON the trash. I hope they were paper plates and not china.

    [not a teacher]

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