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Just take a look at these sentences:
A: "You got arrested for driving under influence?"
B: "Yes . It happened a few days after my wife (had) told me that she wanted to separate, so I wasn't myself at the time."
Would this be more natural with 'had' ?
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asked Dec 27, 2020 at 15:46
I mean, maybe a little bit. The use of "had" pushes the action a little further into the past, which creates distance and therefore a little more detachment, but I wouldn't say especially neutral.
answered Jan 16, 2021 at 15:04
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