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I am confused about what tense I should use here:

She had had no idea how much she got paid before her first payday.

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She had had no idea how much she had got paid before her first payday.

OR (could this work?)

She had had no idea how much she would get paid before her first payday.

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    The third is definitely the best, and the second doesn't make sense. Before her first payday, obviously she had not yet been paid anything. Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 9:36
  • You probably don't want Past Perfect had had there. When she started last week she had no idea how much she would be paid [until her first payday]. You'd need an unusual context to justify how much she had [got / gotten / been] paid (wages were paid, but she hasn't/hadn't yet checked her bank statement?). Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 13:38
  • @KateBunting thank you very much for enlightening me!
    – Atika
    Commented Sep 25, 2020 at 21:38
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica okay so I can just use past simple, then? But, I don't get why I would need that unusual context? Would you care to elaborate on that?
    – Atika
    Commented Sep 25, 2020 at 21:40
  • I went home after I finished work. There's nothing to stop me using Past Perfect to explicitly convey the sequence of events over and above what's already there because of pragmatic logic and the word "after" (I went home after I had finished work). But it's completely unnecessary, and that extra highlighted word would rarely be included. If you don't know you need Past Perfect, just don't bother with it. Commented Sep 26, 2020 at 17:18

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