were or had been

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  • Sharifa345

    Senior Member
    US English, DR Spanish
    "Were" because you are using subjunctive imperfect. This means that you are not actually in a lift, but you it seems as if you are because of the smallness of the room.

    "Had been" would mean that you believed that earlier you had been in a lift, but that does not speak to your current situation - it only means that you previously were in the lift.
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