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1) I had seen her before she saw me. 2) I saw her before she had seen me. Sentence 1 is clear to me but I have a doubt about sentence 2. Can we use "before" with past perfect tense? Likewise can we use "after" in place of "before" in the above sentences?

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  • before and after with past perfect is a bit awkward why not place it all in the past simple? "I saw her before she saw me" Aug 6, 2017 at 10:39
  • When the birds left the tree, the cat had caught one of them. Is this sentence correct?
    – nandy
    Aug 6, 2017 at 15:53
  • I would suggest placing already after had. Aug 6, 2017 at 18:16

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The first sentence: "*I had seen her before she saw me" is a bit awkward. I'd use "I had seen her by the time she saw me" or "I saw her before she saw me."

The second sentence: "*I saw her before she had seen me" should be "I saw her before she saw me" or "I had seen her by the time she saw me."

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