We use the the Past Perfect only when talking about an event in the past that occurred before another event in the past. We don’t use it to talk about one event in the past.
- I had lived in Korea before I moved to Japan. (2 Past Tense Events Expressed)
2. Actually, I went home to America, first. (1 Past Tense Event Expressed)
3. So, I had lived in New York for five years before coming to Japan. (2 Past Tense Events Expressed)
NOTE to Number 3: In the second part of the sentence we use a gerund of come–which is the noun form of that verb; you can see it has
ing the end, with before providing the context of a simple past event.
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