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"The past perfect is redundant"

So what's the point of it?

I meant that the past perfect is often redundant in a context in which a past-time sequencing adverbial, such as "after" or "before," is in play. There are other contexts in which the past perfect is genuinely needed (not redundant):

  • When I visited post-USSR Russia, I had retired.

Notice that that sentence cannot do without "had." If you instead said, "When I visited post-USSR Russia, I retired," the sentence would indicate that you retired at the time at which you visited post-USSR Russia, NOT before that time.

Last edited by David, Moderator
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