had read or read ?

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Hello ,
He promised to return the book as soon as he ___it .
A read B had read

I choose A, Answer given is B , I can't understand , if B is right ,does it mean that " reading happend before promise "?
please analyse it for me !
  • Gatamariposa

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    UK - English (native), Spanish, French
    It would be "had read" it, just for grammatical accuracy. It's a matter of order of timing, he needs to read the book before he gives it back.

    Gatita :)
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