Hello,

"She worked in the customer complaints department until she .............last week."

A- retired       b- had retired

I think (A) because of (last week)

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Ahmed Abdelhafeez posted:

Hello,

"She worked in the customer complaints department until she .............last week."

A- retired       b- had retired

I think (A) because of (last week)

Yes, that's right, Ahmed.

Another reason not to use the past perfect there is that we wouldn't want to use the past perfect in the "until"-clause with the simple past in the main clause.

So which do you think is OK in the following sentences:

1-"I waited at the garage until the mechanic repaired my car."

2-"I waited at the garage until the mechanic had repaired my car."

3-"I had waited at the garage until the mechanic repaired my car."

4-"I had waited at the garage until the mechanic had repaired my car."

Yes, there "had repaired" could be used to show completion of the activity, so you could have the past perfect in the "until"-clause even though the simple past is used in the main clause. Is that the point you are trying to make? Haven't we discussed those sentences before?

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