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- 'was' versus 'had been' 1 answer
The Ukrainian army on Saturday reported 11 attacks on its positions in the past 24 hours but no one was killed or wounded.
If I change was to had been, how will the meaning be affected?
The Ukrainian army on Saturday reported 11 attacks on its positions in the past 24 hours but no one had been killed or wounded.
I asked an English native speaker and he said that they are very similar and both mean pretty much the same thing but there is still a slight difference though. What is that slight difference apart from the fact that in the first instance the simple past tense is used and in the second the past perfect? It seems like they both can be used almost interchangeably because there's practically hardly any difference between them.