...my friend had decided to return to Vietnam

Karen123456

Senior Member
Malaysia English
However, my friend had decided to return to Vietnam after she completed her studies in Singapore.

However, my friend decided to return to Vietnam after she had completed her studies in Singapore.

Which sentence is correct?

Thanks.
 
  • Wheres or whys

    Member
    British English
    Past Perfect indicates an action which has been completed before an action in Past Simple.It all depends upon what you want to say.
     

    tehtmc

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    The second is correct.
    The past perfect is used to express the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. She completed studies first, then returned to Vietnam.
     
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