Are these sentences both correct?

"I didn't go to the party because I wasn't invited."


"I didn't go to the party because I hadn't been invited."

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Both are correct: the first is probably the most idiomatic.

In the first, invited is an adjective meaning having been asked to attend. It places the emphasis on the fact that, at the time of the party, your name wasn't on the list, so you couldn't go in.

In the second, invited is a passive-voice form of the verb invite: it emphasises the idea that, in the period leading up to the party, nobody came up to you and invited you to the party.


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