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"before + past perfect" vs "before + simple past"

1.They left before I'd spoken to them. OR They left before I spoke to them. 2.Sadly, the author died before he**'d finished** the series. OR Sadly, the author died before finished the series. 3.Before ...
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"before + past perfect" vs "before + simple past"

(1) You can use the simple past with all three sentences. From an American English point of view, that would be preferred. But if you did use the perfect tense in #1 and #2, you wouldn't use a ...
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since she lived in Glasgow

If you want to state unambiguously that Jane at this moment is living in Glasgow, and also state that she's been having headaches since moving here, or there, you could use a coordinated sentence ...
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I went or I had gone in this situation?

Both are possible. The past perfect is unnecessary as the sentence clearly tells the listener that the going happened before the telling. We don’t need to use the perfect unless it is necessary or ...
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Why is the past simple used in one narration tenses example, and the past perfect is used in the other?

When to avoid Past Perfect tense. Using the past perfect is not always necessary and native speakers prefer to avoid Past Perfect tense whenever they can. When to use the Past perfect tense.. Two ...
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What is the difference between Past Simple and Past Continuous for actions that are spread over time?

Simple past tense and Past continuous tense difference. Since OP is already familiar with both the tenses,the examples provided by OP are used, and the intended meanings are given. The meaning of ...
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none of my boyfriends [has] complained

To answer the question more seriously than I do in my comment, you're omitting words that would typically be used in such a statement: None of my previous boyfriends ever complained ... Since John ...
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