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# The past perfect is used in SC to refer to an earlier event

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The past perfect is used in SC to refer to an earlier event when a sentence contains two events that occurred in the past. However, from looking at some sentences I have studied, some don't follow this pattern. Could someone tell me the exact rule for using the past perfect and not to use it?
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30 May 2008, 06:46
It really depends on what meaning the sentence is trying to convey.

Past Perfect Tense: David Beckham had played football for 16 years before he retired in 2008.
Simple Past: David Beckham played football for 16 years.

Here is a link that might explain the usage better than I obviously did.

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpas-pasper

japped187 wrote:
The past perfect is used in SC to refer to an earlier event when a sentence contains two events that occurred in the past. However, from looking at some sentences I have studied, some don't follow this pattern. Could someone tell me the exact rule for using the past perfect and not to use it?

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30 May 2008, 07:14
jallenmorris wrote:
What do you mean I misread past perfect?

japped187 wrote:
The past perfect is used in SC to refer to an earlier event when a sentence contains two events that occurred in the past. However, from looking at some sentences I have studied, some don't follow this pattern. Could someone tell me the exact rule for using the past perfect and not to use it?

I meant you gave an example of present-perfect...
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