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I can't understand different between past perfect and past simple.

I know we use was and had been, but when? When we use this time when other. Its too difficult for me. Maybe somebody have simple answer ? :) thank you for help

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    We use Simple Past if we give past events in the order in which they occured. However, when we look back from a certain time in the past to tell what had happened before, we use Past Perfect.

    Simple past example: Jane got up at seven. She opened her birthday presents and then the whole family went to the zoo.

    Past perfect example: Before her sixth birthday, Jane had never been to the zoo.

    We use Simple Past if we give past events in the order in which they occured. However, when we look back from a certain time in the past to tell what had happened before, we use Past Perfect.

    Simple Past: Jane got up at seven. She opened her birthday presents and then the whole family went to the zoo.

    Past perfect simple: Before her sixth birthday, Jane had never been to the zoo.

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