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When I had watched TV

The past perfect makes sense in dialog 2, but not dialog 1. Dialog 2 When I had watched TV, I did my homework. This means the same thing as "after I finished watching tv, I did my homework next....
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4 votes

Are you coming to see the movie?

The grammar is correct in all three, but the meaning is probably best expressed with a present perfect. Your reply is giving the reason why you don't want to see the movie now. That is a clear ...
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he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all

Then he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all. It was obvious that the time after the paralysis was not good. The writer hence felt that unnecessary to mention and instead ...
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he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all

The past perfect ("the way he had lived") frames his way of life as that of a former phase of his life. It was the life that he was living before he comes to understand that the way he had ...
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Use of past perfect tense

The past perfect tense is used to describe a past event that occurred prior to another past event. If you rewrite the sentence as - I learned Chinese when I moved to China. It is unclear from this ...
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