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Hello,

I have read an article about usage of past perfect. I was looking for examples where past perfect is used to express separation of two actions. I found: When I had opened the windows, I sat down and had a cup of tea. (NOT When I opened the windows I sat down and had a cup of tea.) {Swan - Practical English Usage}

Then I found: "In case 1, the past perfect component is paired off with at least one other past action in the simple past tense, as in “Rowena had left to work in Dubai when her scholarship was approved.” Note that this past perfect sentence consists of two separate actions, one in the past perfect and the other in the simple past."{http://josecarilloforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=1276.0 }

I think that it should be: Rowena left to work in Dubai when her scholarship had been approved. ?

Thanks

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marix998I think that it should be: Rowena left to work in Dubai when her scholarship had been approved. ?
Well, your version would change the meaning.

In the original version, Rowena was in Dubai when she found out that her scholarship was approved. (It implies that she applied for the scholarship, didn't hear anything, and went to work in Dubai. After she was in Dubai, she discovered that he scholarship had been approved.)

In your version, she waited for her scholarship's approval, and after it was approved, she left to work in Dubai.