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Hi. What is the difference? The number 2 sentence is what I have a particular difficulty with. In both (sentence) cases, are we talking about one event preceding the other?

1. When Joe had come home, Jane left the place.

2. When Joe came home, Jane had left the place.
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These are good examples of the difference in use of past perfect and simple past:

1. When Joe had come home, Jane left the place.-- This makes it clear that Joe was home and settled in before Jane left. Perhaps he took off his jacket, opened a beer and sat down in front of the TV before she left.

2. When Joe came home, Jane had left the place.-- The implication is that as soon as he walked in the door, she walked out.

Now, these are not iron-bound, definitive differences, but this is generally what the 2 verb forms suggest in this sort of instance. Past perfect is used to clarify that one past action was completed before another past action came to pass.
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Somehow, there is a knot in this sentence. 2. When Joe came home, Jane had left the place.--

To me, Jane had already left when Joe stepped in the place. He didn't have a chance to see her.

Is it just my interpretation?
Right you are, Goodman-- I was paying no attention to that second clause at all. Let me start again:

These are good examples of the difference in use of past perfect and simple past:

1. When Joe had come home, Jane left the place.-- This makes it clear that Joe was home and settled in before Jane left. Perhaps he took off his jacket, opened a beer and sat down in front of the TV before she left.

1a. When Joe came home, Jane left the place.-- The implication is that as soon as he walked in the door, she walked out.

2. When Joe came home, Jane had left the place.-- Here, as Goodman has pointed out, Jane's departure clearly-- because of the past perfect again-- precedes Joe's arrival, so they do not meet.
GoodmanSomehow, there is a knot in this sentence. 2. When Joe came home, Jane had left the place.--

To me, Jane had already left when Joe stepped in the place. He didn't have a chance to see her.

Is it just my interpretation?

I think it the same way. My interpretation says that Joe didnt get chance to see Jane. the sentence says that she had already left the place, when he came back home.

Please correct me if i am wrong.
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