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I had left the train before my brother spoken.
I had left the train before my brother spoke.
I had left the train before my brother speak.

What is difference, can anyone explain?

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 I had left the train before my brother spoke.

not spoken

 I had left the train before my brother spoken.

This is incorrect because it lacks an auxiliary verb.. Without the auxiliary verb, spoken takes on the form of an adjective.

The words are spoken

The spoken words were fantastic

To make your incorrect sentence correct, you simply need to add the verb to have

I had left the train before my brother had spoken.

In this example, we are using the past perfect tense of to have

My brother had spoken

[........] had eaten

[........] had fallen

[........] had jumped

[........] had unexpectedly lain an egg, like a chicken.

Your last sentence is also incorrect

 I had left the train before my brother speak.

This makes no sense at all.

It needs to be in the past tense.

my brother speak[s]

my brother spoke

and it would then be correct.

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