azz said:a. The last time I had met her, I had told her that I was a student.
b. The last time I had met her, I told her that I wasa student.
Which sentence has the right tense?
I agree with the first three examples that you gave - I think that it needs to be past perfect (or pluperfect as I keep refering to it) followed by simple past.Nick said:I realize that it is acceptable to mix past perfect with simple past. The event described by the past perfect happened first in time. Examples:She had never seen a bear before she moved to Alaska.In summary, I don't think there is a difference in meaning between past perfect + simple past and past perfect + past perfect. If anyone can point out a difference, please let us know. I think the following sentences are equal.
The thief had spent the money when the police caught him.
I watched television after I had finished the dishes.
She had never seen a bear before she moved to Alaska.
She had never seen a bear before she had moved to Alaska.