Can we say "Had you been there for quite some time?" without saying "before" this and that? Or should we rather say "Were you there for quite some time"?
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Had you been there for quite some time? is perfectly grammatical without the word before. But the implication of the question is that the being there was delimited by some event. Examples:
There is no such implication in the question: Were you there for quite some time? Examples: