- "The police said he used to abuse the girl after everybody had left the school in the evenings."
Today in the newspaper, I read this line. I am unable to understand the use of "had" in the above sentence. Reporter wants to tell routine and repetitive action in the past. "Had" is use to describe past of past. If he wants to tell about repetitive action, then I think the sentence should be like this:
- "The police said he used to abuse the girl after everybody left the school in the evenings."
Please correct me if I am wrong.