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My question is a short one. Do I always have to use past perfect after the word after? (when talking in past tense)

Take this sentence as an example: After I had finished working, I did some shopping.

Could I say this: After I finished working, I did some shopping. Without any difference in meaning?

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Not necessarily:

After I finish working, I will go to the movies.

Perhaps with the past tense it is best to use the perfect to indicate the fact that the verb's action has been completed.

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