Past Perfect Simple VS VS Past Simple: suffer

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Hello,

 

What is the difference between the following sentences? Even if the difference is a small one, I would still like to what a native speaker thinks.

 

a) She suffered from asthma when she was very young.

b) She had suffered from asthma when she was very young.

 

Thank you.

 

Nawee

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We usually use the past perfect tense to show that one thing happened before another thing. That is not the case here - both things happened at the same time - so it is unnecessary.

link comment answered Jul 01 at 12:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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