after they had dated/had started dating

philanguy

Senior Member
MotherEarth;Chinese
Hi,

Do both of the bolded parts of the following sound equally right and mean pretty much the same? Many thanks.



--They had a whirlwind romance. They were talking about getting married three weeks after they had dated.
--They had a whirlwind romance. They were talking about getting married three weeks after they had started dating.
 
  • Trisia

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    This is just a personal impression: the first makes me think that it's quite possible they only dated once, and after three weeks decided to get married, while the second would lead me to believe they had been dating during those three weeks.
     

    Esca

    Senior Member
    ATX
    USA - English
    This is just a personal impression: the first makes me think that it's quite possible they only dated once, and after three weeks decided to get married, while the second would lead me to believe they had been dating during those three weeks.
    Trisia's right, therefore option #2 makes a lot more sense! :)
     
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