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Hello,

Could you tell me why' 'had been born' is used here in this sentence instead of 'was born'? I always thought that only 'was born' is correct.

Fausto Ruiz got off the boat at the port of the city where he had been born fifty years ago, and to which he had not returned for twenty years.

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Hello,
I've never heard "had been born" before as well,but according to your setence,I think because it talks about actions in the past,there was maybe a necessity to use what had happened before that time..
He had been born in that city;he hadn't returned there for twenty years,then there came a time when Fausto Ruiz got off the boat at the port of that city.
I guess it's because of narration,the past perfect is used with "born".
Other answers would be better.

Exactly what i am searching but still i don't know why they use had been.