We have "A" and B moments in the past. "A" happened first, "B" happened second. "A" should be in Perfect. Example:

I had done when you came

I had done - "A"

When you came - "B"

"A" happened before "B"

If now we have "B" and "C" where "B" happened before "C", then "B" should be in Perfect, "C" - in Past Simple(if it's a verb). Example:

You had come by the evening

You had come - "B"

By the evening - "C"

Now we have "A", "B" and "C". "A" should be in Perfect because it happened before "B" but "B" simultaneusly should be in Perfect, either, because it in its part happened before "C". It's like if we have "A" and "D" where "A" is just "A" but "D" is ["B"+"C"]. Example:

I had done when you had come by the evening

I had done - "A"

When you had come - "B"

By the evening - "C"

When you had come by the evening - "D" ["B"+"C"]

Congratulations? Well done? Can I be proud of myself?:D

  • What is it that you're actually asking? First of all, I had done doesn't make any sense. You need to say what you had done. The dishes? Your homework? Also, your sentence is only one acceptable form. It could also be I had done the dishes when you came by in the evening. – Jason Bassford Apr 21 at 15:03
  • Alright, let it be "dishes", but what if you came not 'in the evening" but "by the evening" what to do then? – Michael Azarenko Apr 21 at 15:28
  • It's very awkward to hear just came by the evening, without the in. The other meaning I can think of would be better expressed as came by before evening or just came before evening, both dropping the article. – Jason Bassford Apr 21 at 15:32
  • "in the evening" will mean "while evening" but I want to say "by, before evening". It's a right hint for Past Perfect, if something happened in the Past before something in the Past, too, isn't it? – Michael Azarenko Apr 21 at 15:36

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