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I have some questions regarding past perfect tense, as I am still quite confused about the usage.

Which one of the below is correct?

  1. The books that her parents got her had not made her an intellectual person.
  2. The books that her parents had got her did not make her an intellectual person.

And also the below:

  1. As the problems between John and I evolved, I had started to develop symptoms of depression.
  2. As the problems between John and I evolved, I started to develop symptoms of depression.
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Regarding your first pair of examples, both the following are correct, because there is consistency.

1a) "The books that her parents had got her had not made her an intellectual person."

And ..

2a) "The books that her parents got her did not make her an intellectual person."

Regarding the second pair of examples, I would rewrite them as follows.

1b) "As the problems between John and I evolved, I started to develop symptoms of Depression."

And...

2b) "As the problems between John and I had evolved, I had started to develop symptoms of Depression."

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  • You should explain tense agreement in your answer. – CJ Dennis Feb 1 at 9:00

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