Okay, I'm not sure how to phrase this question, but I want to know if below sentences are correct.
Because I met him in New York in 2011 and he moved here last year, I can assume that he at least had lived in New York from 2011 to 2012 (before he moved here).
In this sentence, should I say "had lived" and omit the "before he moved here" part?
Prior to his move, I know he had lived in A from 2011 to 2012.
Or should I just change everything to simple past?
I first met him in New York in 2011 and we became friends. I don't know where he lived before living in New York, but I know the fact that he lived in New York prior to his move to here, which took place in 2012.
This sentence sounds so wordy, so I was wondering if I can just use "had lived" to stress m point that I can assume that he lived in New York before moving "here". I heard a friend use "had lived" but couldn't quite figure out the correct usage.