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"In March 2014, I led a team of students to campaign against the way in which a society election at my university had been conducted."

In this sentence structure with a date at the front, is it correct to use "had been" in this way?

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  • What are the alternatives that you are considering? I don't see a reason why "had been" is incorrect, but knowing if there are other phrasings you are considering would help others answer the question. Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 20:00
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    It's correct if you mean "I led a team" is what happened in March 2014 and "had been conducted" happened at an earlier time. Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 20:06

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It's correct either with or without the opening.

I led a team of students to campaign against the way in which a society election at my university had been conducted.

In March 2014, I led a team ... in which a society election ... had been conducted.

During my 3rd year of studies, I led a team...

Those are all well-formed and comprehensible sentences.

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  • Those are all well-formed Why is that?
    – deadrat
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 20:23

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