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Past perfect tense - two events unrelated [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2014, 20:32
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Can some one help explain why the past tense is prefered to past perfect tense there please?

A, Recently scientist learned about the changes in earth that had happened during the last ice age. wrong
B, Recently scientist learned about the changes in earth that happened during the last ice age. right

It says the two event - "learn" and " happen" are unrelated to each other but I can hardly understand it.

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Past perfect tense - two events unrelated [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2014, 20:58
I believe that it is because is possible to understand the meaning of the sentence even using Past Simple, once the second event occurred a very long time ago. So, when is possible to understand the sentence without using past perfect it is preferable to use past simple...

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