Friday morning and after the rain that bothered us the night before had stopped we wandered in the record stores of Madrid where literally tons of records were waiting for us.

why had stopped? Wednesday night the rain began and bothered us then it stopped on friday morning and we wandered in the streets of Madrid. So "stopped" is after "bothered" so why past perfect, is it to tell the reader that the rain began first and it bothered us quite a long time after .

  • We wandered after the rain had stopped.
    – TimR
    Dec 12, 2015 at 23:29

1 Answer 1


Had stopped is used since the rain started and then stopped, both in the past. Presumably, the rain that bothered you continued to bother you for the entire duration of its raining, so :

Friday morning...after the rain...had stopped, we wandered...

The phrase :

...that bothered us...

is an adjective phrase describing the rain, not when you were bothered.

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