Past perfect & past simple

Emad Ragheb posted:

What is the difference between saying "After I had finished my work, I went home ." and saying "After I finished my work, I went home." 

Hello, Emad,

There is no difference in meaning between the two sentences. The perfect (present or past) is often optional in "after"-clauses, and it is optional here.

In the sentence "After I had finished my work, I went home," both "had finished" and "after" express that your finishing your work came before your going home.

In the sentence "After I finished my work, I went home," only "after" expresses that your finishing your work came before your going home.

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