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When I asked the driver/ to come with me to the temple/ he had been reluctant./ No error.

I think instead of 'had been', there should be 'was'. Even the answer key points that the error is in the 'he had been reluctant' part. But I am not sure why exactly is 'had been' wrong.

If we replace the first part with 'when I had asked the driver', would that make 'had been' in the third part correct?

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You use past perfect tense ("had been") when you are trying to show which of two events in the past happened first. "He had been reluctant when I asked him to come with me" indicates his reluctance came first, which doesn't seem right.

"He had been reluctant to go to the temple, but came with me when I asked." or "When I asked him to come with me, he was reluctant." makes more sense. The "when" indicates the time that the events happened (at the same time that I asked), so I don't see the need for past perfect tense.

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