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I have always been confused about when to use past simple and when to use past perfect

These examples:

Aren't they the ones who had come over for lunch?

Aren't they the ones who came over for lunch

What is the difference between these two?

What is the difference between past perfect and past simple

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It's more like An event described in simple past tense happened earlier than the event described in past perfect. And we can describe the events in past perfect in sequence. Example: We chose him as he had scored well marks.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/past-perfect/

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/everyday-grammar-simple-past-and-present-perfect/2752310.html

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