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Ali: I had had my lunch then washed my hands in the canteen this morning.
Ali:I had my lunch then washed my hands in the canteen this morning.
I think the first one is just the right one.
Because I used past perfect for the action that happened before a past tense action.
This is a rule we have learnt.
Action happened before an action which is past tense we should use past perfect tense.
But I think the second one sounds more natural.
Many Thanks in Advance.
Victory Ong
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Hi,

I had had my lunch then washed my hands in the canteen this morning.

Because I used past perfect for the action that happened before a past tense action

I see no need to use past perfect in the context posted. To me the 2 actions (had lunch and washed your hand) all happened in the morning. A simple past tense is adequate. Past perfect not only is an overkill, it sounded clumsy.

A lot of times, learners tend to overuse past perfect in situations where a simple past can meet the need.
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Hi,

Generally speaking, we don't normally use Past Perfect if the sequence of the two past events is clear without it.

eg I had my lunch. Then I washed my hands. 'Then' makes the sequence clear.

eg I had my lunch before I washed my hands. 'Before' makes the sequence clear.

eg I washed my hands. I had had my lunch. Here, there are no 'sequencing words', so the Past Perfect is used to show the sequence.

Best wishes, Clive
She baked the cake after she had read the recipe.
There is a sequencing word in this sentence but my teacher also give me this answer.
why?

Many Thanks in Advance
Victory Ong
Hi,

I said

we don't normally use Past Perfect if the sequence of the two past events is clear without it.

I didn't say we must not use it.

Sometimes "a sequencing word + Past Perfect" adds emphasis to the sequence.

But in some contexts, it sounds wrong.

In your example about the cake, both Past Perfect and Simple Past are OK.

Best wishes, Clive

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Can you show me about two examples which we cannot use past perfect tense?
Many Thanks in Advance
Please allow me to confirm my understanding to your words/

She baked the cake after she had read the recipe.
it's right to use both past tense or past perfect tense in this sentence
However, past perfect can emphase the sequence.
Am I right?
Many Thanks in Advance
Hi,

Example 1

Yesterday, I had walked in the park.

Example 2

Yesterday, I had got out of bed. I had washed my face,. I had cleaned my teeth. I had put my clothes on.

Both of these are wrong, because there is no point identified in the past for them to relate to.

Clive
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