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Use of Past Perfect for a state/action that isn't true anymore

The traditional definition for the past perfect tense is it's used to express that something occured before another action in the past. Here are some example sentences from a website: I had never ...
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Is it correct to use Past Continuous with 'since' adverbial clause?

For example: "Since I done my first homework, I was doing my second homework" I've seen plenty of examples on English learner's sites demonstrating either Past Simple or Present Perfect as the main ...
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same sentence, different tenses

I have found two examples of the same sentence where different tenses are used. I can't find the pictures I had looked at earlier. I can't find the pictures I had been looking at earlier. To me ...
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past perfect simple vs past perfect continuous in these examples

I was wondering why the past perfect simple is used in one sentence and the past perfect continuous in the other. What is the difference? "The bartender looked at the seat the customer had occupied." ...
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past simple or past perfect progressive

This is an example from a book: "I had been teaching English in Japan when the earthquake hit." To me this means that I had been teaching for a while at the time the earthquake hit. If I just want to ...
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had limped vs had been limping

"There were drops of blood on the floor, it looked as if a small wounded creature had limped through the stall." Could you say: “There were drops of blood on the floor, it looked as if a small ...