Could you please tell me why 'was not' is used in the following sentence? I'd prefer to use the Past Perfect tense:
..in the cities by the sea peope are used to spending the summer sunbathing. They were sirprised when they saw snow covering the city. It WAS NOT long before social media became loaded with pics of white fields and roads, and snowmen.'
I would say '...it HAD NOT BEEN long before socail media....'. What would native speakers use?
'It wasn't long before....' is, for the most part, a fixed phrase/expression in English.
If i'm wrong on that part then 'was not' is generally used here by native speakers because past perfect is used to order two events chronologically, and make clear one event happened before the other. In the example it is explicit from 'before'what happened when