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Hi all

The past perfect should be used here to denote an action which occurred before another one right? Thank you

They came by plane, but they were driving the car back.

They had come by plane, but they were driving the car back.

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PeaceblinkfriendThe past perfect should be used here
Not really. Either version is possible and sounds completely natural.

And yet, the idea that the occurrence of one event before another requires the use of the past perfect can be taken to extremes. This is especially true when clauses are joined by coordinating conjunctions like and and but, and the events are told in the order they occurred.

Jerry has got out of bed and has eaten breakfast really need not be stated as

Jerry had got out of bed and has eaten breakfast.


In fact, you can expect the listener to be quite puzzled by such a turn of phrase. Don't we know enough about the real world to work out the sequence of events without all that grammatical machinery? Emotion: smile

Similarly,

We got our umbrellas and went out in the rain.

would never be stated as

We had got our umbrellas and went out in the rain.

And

He got up, but he didn't get dressed right away.


would not likely be stated as

He had got up, but he didn't get dressed right away.

CJ
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Oh, I see Emotion: surpriseEmotion: nodding. Thanks for the explanation, CJ.

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