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In below quote why past perfect tense has been used?

"If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life."

We use Past perfect tense to tell or imagine past of past. But in the above quote, which are the two past?

Also are these below sentence constructions are correct?

If I want to say some one about the past, can I say:

  1. I had called you.

If I want to say where I was when you called me:

  1. I had gone to wash room.

Or the simply simple past will do?

Please clarify

  • Past Simple for the second part. – V.V. Jan 14 '16 at 7:03
  • The sentence is ungrammatical. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 14 '16 at 19:27
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When talking about things in the past, the past perfect happens before the simple past.

In your example

If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life.

had never made and had never tried are two actions which were started and ended in the past compared with how the person feels (present). The equivalent would be

If someone feels that they never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life.

where never made is nearer in time than had never tried since one would have had to try before failing.

I had called you
I had gone to the wash room

could individually use the simple past

I called you
I went to the wash room

with similar meaning, however, using past perfect sets up a scenario for something in the more recent past

I had called you before I went to the wash room
I had gone to the wash room before I called you

To answer where you were when they called:

I had gone to the wash room when you called me

means you were in the wash room (past perfect) when the person called

I went to the wash room when you called me

means you heard the phone ring then went (simple past) to the wash room

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