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Is it true that when we use 'before' with the Past Perfect tense, the action in the past simple happens first?

Your book is correct. You've misunderstood the application of the rule. The structure here is [ "before" + past perfect ], and presumably there is also a main clause in the simple past. This ...
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Is it true that when we use 'before' with the Past Perfect tense, the action in the past simple happens first?

Both of these sentences would sound equally good with a simple past in place of the past perfect. Furthermore, changing them in that way would have no effect on the sequence of events. What it would ...
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Time duration with past perfect tense

The present perfect in English is properly used in circumstances that seldom require time markers. I have cleaned the kitchen may indicate recency or emphasis on completion. I have cleaned the ...
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