After our guests arrived, we sat down to dinner.

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"After our guests arrived, we sat down to dinner." Is this sentence right or wrong? Why don't we use "had arrived" instead of "arrived"?
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    The word 'after' makes it clear that one past time happened after another past time. That is also what 'had arrived' is used for. So if the sequence is already clearly marked by a word like 'after', 'before', 'when', we don't need to use the longer tense. You could say 'had arrived' here, but it's unnecessary.
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