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I work from home about twice a week. Yesterday I physically went to work. However, I hadn't known that I was supposed to work from home until my senior told me. So, I asked my team manager if I could work from home tomorrow instead.

"I hadn't known that" or "I didn't know that". I'm not sure which one of these is correct.

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    @user405662 doesn't the action "I hadn't known" precede the action "my senior told me"?
    – cdleace
    Apr 1 '21 at 8:45
  • @user405662 I still can't understand. The dictionary says, "The past perfect simple is used to sequence events in the past to show which event happened first." I hadn't known that I was supposed to work from home when my senior told me that I was supposed to work from home. I think the event "I hadn't known" happened first.
    – cdleace
    Apr 1 '21 at 10:00
  • Yesterday I thought that I was supposed to physically go to work.
    – cdleace
    Apr 1 '21 at 10:19
  • This question is probably better answered didactically on ELL. Apr 1 '21 at 12:07
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  1. I hadn't known that
  2. I didn't know that

The ignorance that you were supposed to work from home happened first.

The realisation when your senior told you that happened next.

You should use 1).

I hadn't known that I was supposed to work from home until my senior told me.

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  • Thanks for the easy-to-understand explanation. Have a good day.
    – cdleace
    Apr 1 '21 at 17:16

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