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There is a sentence like, "She has changed a lot, and she is not what she was.", and when it comes to make the tense of this sentence one more past, which do you think is better?

  • She had changed a lot, and she was not what she was.
  • She had changed a lot, and she was not what she had been.
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She had changed a lot, and she was not what she had been.

The second sentence is correct for that meaning. There is a point in the past (when she "was"), and her changing was before that, and what she had been was before that.

In fact the first sentence has a contradiction:

*she was not what she was

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  • Thank you for your answer! Come to think of it, " she was not what she was." contains a contradiction. I didn't realize that. – ghostbuster Sep 19 '20 at 18:46

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