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Which is correct? or are both correct? or are they both grammatically correct but only different in semantics?

  1. After Sally had mastered the skills for her job, her supervisor asked her to help train new employees.

  2. After Sally mastered the skills for her job, her supervisor asked her to help train new employees.

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Either is fine, although the second is more concise, and at least equally clear, so I'd pick that one.

The past perfect (1st sentence) would be preferable when the events are out of order:

  • Sally's supervisor asked her to train new employees after she had mastered the skills for her job.
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