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Which sentence is correct?

It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we were already used to living in a big city.

It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we had already been used to living in a big city.

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  • Welcome to EL&U. It would depend on context, whether the condition of living in a big city were still the case. It is was ongoing, then it would be the first. If it was a past condition that had ceased, then it would be the second. – user63615 Nov 20 '17 at 5:06
  • They're both "correct", but in practice most native speakers wouldn't bother with the more complex past perfect form. Particularly when it's bound up with to be used to, which is already a "complex" verb form, so you're really just piling up unnecessary syntactic baggage for no semantic advantage. I don't think there's anything in the distinction @Nigel makes above. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 22 '17 at 16:56
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I suppose the second sentence is correct, because "already" is one of the markers of the present perfect and the past perfect.

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