Milena Bejarano
Before and After in past perfect tense

Hello Guys!
This is a question for native speakers
When before or after are used in a sentence, Is too necessary (or common) that you use the past perfect tense?
For example: 
"After I had read the message, I deleted it" it's more common than "After I read the message, I deleted it"
I hope you can help me guys! Thanks :)

Apr 8, 2019 2:34 AM
Comments · 3

Hi Milena!

Both sentences are correct, and people use them interchangeably depending on the situation. Actually, I would say the latter in most commonly used by native speakers.


April 8, 2019

Hey Milena! 

Usually in spoken English, I skip the past perfect tense when referring to before or after. It sounds better in most cases to just say “After I read the message, I deleted it.” It flows more naturally. Hope this helps! 


April 8, 2019
this is good 
April 8, 2019
Milena Bejarano
Language Skills
English, German, Spanish
Learning Language
English, German