Using Simple Past and Past Perfect

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From this sentence

When they all left  school, he’d gone to work down the mine with the rest of them.

 

 

I think they left school occurred before he went to work.

 

Is it supposed to be

When they had all left school, he went to work down the mine with the rest of them.

 

 

Freddie’s War, Page 9 http://assets.cambridge.org/97884832/39094/excerpt/9788483239094_excerpt.pdf

asked Jan 30 '13 at 01:57 Narong Atsawa New member

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Hello,
my question is regarding to the issue why writer used past perfect: " 'd gone"
It means backshift in timeline because the writer describes july 1936 and " the classmates having left school and Freddie having started to work at the mine" are previous events before july 1936... it is right?


Additional question: why do not you use in this sentence backshift for time clause too as
"When they had all left school, he 'd gone to work down the mine with the rest of them" ?

 

Jan

link comment answered Dec 16 '15 at 13:27 Jan cuda New member

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