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I understand that "he was warned from the moment he entered"is in the same timeline

"Michael was warned from the moment he entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim reaper.He was warned because everyone had worked with Andy."

1.If I want to emphasize both "enter and warn"

"Michael had been warned from the moment he had entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim reaper.He was warned because everyone had worked with Andy."

would it be wrong?

2.If I want to emphasize "warn"

"Michael had been warned from the moment he entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim reaper.He was warned because everyone had worked with Andy."

Would it be wrong ?

3.In the time line of events If I think "entered" is first later "was warned" , how also would it be? if I write "Michael was warned from the moment he had entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim reaper. He was warned because everyone had worked with Andy."

Would it be also wrong?

I am being confused past perfect.

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  • "Michael was warned" is a story told in the past tense. "Michael had been warned" doesn't emphasise the verb, it sets it back to an earlier time than the main story. Compare "John came home at midnight on Saturday" with "John woke up late on Sunday morning because he had come home at midnight the night before". Mar 23 at 9:00
  • Hello sir, okay now I get the one point.Story told in the past tense I have to write "had been warned and had entered".But here I want to know is why both tenses have to use past perfect "had been warned and had entered". It is the because of "from the moment"same time line? If I use only "had been warned and he entered ",would it be wrong?@Kate Bunting
    – Thamilay
    Mar 23 at 10:04
  • I have said several times that, in a story told in the past tense, you use the past perfect to refer to something that happened earlier than the events of the story. You do not have to use the past perfect for every verb. "Michael had been warned from the moment he entered the factory..." is fine (if the main events of the story happen some time after he started work there). PS I'm female, so don't call me 'sir'! Mar 23 at 10:37
  • If in the time line of events entered is first later was warned "Michael was warned from the moment he had entered the factory that Andy was a local version of a grim reaper.He was warned because everyone had worked with Andy.would it be wrong?@Kate Bunting.
    – Thamilay
    Mar 23 at 19:17
  • No, that would be OK if the story is set at the time Michael started work at the factory. I have been trying to explain the difference ever since my answer to this question! You could also use from the moment he entered... Mar 24 at 8:51

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