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Hello,

I have read some articles about past perfect.

In one article it was example when the past perfect can not be used:

He had turned the lights off before he left.

Before she could say anything, he had got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

I don´t see why. Would it be a big mistake if I used the past perfect there?

Thanks

M
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Hi,

I have read some articles about past perfect.

In one article it was example when the past perfect can not be used:

He had turned the lights off before he left.

Before she could say anything, he had got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

I don´t see why. Would it be a big mistake if I used the past perfect there? No, it wouldn't be a mistake. But when the sequence of events is clear, eg because of words like 'before', we often just choose to use Simple Past.

Clive