Past simple or Past perfect?

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Which is right: "Mr. Dale's house burnt down to the ground. Nobody knew for

sure what the fire was caused/had been caused by."

tenses edited Feb 16 at 21:29 Helen New member

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The past perfect is correct. However, as the sequence of events is clear, many people would use the past simple. Native speakers tend not to use the past perfect unless not to do so would cause ambuguity.

link answered Feb 16 at 21:50 Jed Expert

Tank you very much.

HelenFeb 17 at 07:07

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