This was in a test so no other answers are possible. Which one is correct?:
That was the second time I _______ rafting in Antalya.
2) had tried
3) have tried
4) am trying
The last 2 answers are obviously wrong so which one is it, tried or had tried? The answer key says it should be "had tried", is that correct? If yes, then why?
Note: the question is not part of a longer passage. It was put in the test just like this, on its own. The answer key claims that since there's the word "was" in the sentence and according to the meaning, the answer should be in the past perfect tense.
There is nothing in the test to indicate that 'trying' was done before anything else, so I decided to go for 'tried'. The verb 'was' doesn't refer to any action done before 'trying'. It refers to a 'time', not an 'action'.