no indication why it <was> <had been> abandoned

curious boy

Senior Member
persian-Iran
hello,
I wanted to know If I can use past simple and past perfect alternatively in the sentence in bold.
Thanks in advance.

<-----Excess quote removed by moderator (Florentia52)----->The pages of hystory teem with mysteries that have never been cracked . Consider,for example, the case of the brigantine ship Mary Celeste. The ship had left New York for Italy in 1872 and was later seen floating erratically east of the Azores. No one was found on board,though everything else on the ship was determined to be in order, and there was no indication why Mary Celeste was abandoned/had been abandoned.<...>
 
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  • MilkyBarKid

    Senior Member
    British English
    Consider...the case of the brigantine ship Mary Celeste. The ship left New York for Italy in 1872 and was later seen floating erratically east of the Azores. No one was found on board,though everything else on the ship was determined to be in order, and there was no indication why Mary Celeste had been abandoned. In fact, tables were apparently for afternoon tea.

    Mary Celeste had been abandoned : Past Perfect is required.
     

    curious boy

    Senior Member
    persian-Iran
    You mean since we have 2 past actions in a sentence one of them should be past simple and the other one past perfect?
     
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