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21 Nov 2019, 22:45
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Most of the time, we all come across had+verb-ed usage in GMAT sc questions. One of the usages, the test takers ignores the most I say.

If we see in grammar perspective, had+verb-ed is past perfect tense. But when do we use it?

It is non-sensical to say I had traveled to Germany last week. Because there is only one action and verb-ed, which exemplifies simple past tense,

When there are two events happened in the past at different timings and both are related to each other, then it is both logical and grammatical to use had+verb-ed to represent the first event. Let's see an example,

Last year John had traveled to Germany. During his visit to Singapore last month, john purchased a guitar.

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22 Nov 2019, 03:50
sirihbs wrote:
Most of the time, we all come across had+verb-ed usage in GMAT sc questions. One of the usages, the test takers ignores the most I say.

If we see in grammar perspective, had+verb-ed is past perfect tense. But when do we use it?

It is non-sensical to say I had traveled to Germany last week. Because there is only one action and verb-ed, which exemplifies simple past tense,

When there are two events happened in the past at different timings and both are related to each other, then it is both logical and grammatical to use had+verb-ed to represent the first event. Let's see an example,

Last year John had traveled to Germany. During his visit to Singapore last month, john purchased a guitar.

Hit kudos if you like my post!!

sirihbs, you are right but, the two events should be dependent on each other. In the above example of Germany and Singapore the events are independent of each other. The correct example would be:

The party had started, when I reached the venue.
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