I found this "blog" where the point I refer to is fully explained. http://englishharmony.com/past-participle-as-adjective/

Since the moment I read it, I've been wondering if

It was already burned when I came here.

shares the same meaning as

When I came here, it had already been burned.

I don't know whether my examples are correct. If you have a look at the website above-mentioned, you will see the examples given, which are

'He is gone' . Vs.
"He has gone'.

If they mean the same, theoretically, in addition to the examples I gave you at the beginning of my question, I might say

" He was gone' / "he had gone"

couldn't I? The choice depends on the context, according to that blog.

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    Good point! You can decide which form to apply between the 2 possible options in each case. – English Student May 19 '17 at 8:59
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    I'm not sure what exactly a pasta participle is, but it sounds delicious. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 19 '17 at 9:13
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    @EnglishStudent Not at all: participles deployed as adjectives are acceptable in any register. – StoneyB May 19 '17 at 9:15
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    Moreover, 'he was gone' and 'he had gone' are not the same tense. HE WAS GONE is simple past tense similar to 'I was sick' or 'they were rich' where was/ were is the verb form 'to be' used in simple past tense with the adjective 'sick' , 'rich', 'gone', etc. WHEREAS 'he had gone' is past perfect tense. – English Student May 19 '17 at 9:20
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    @Stoney B I only specifically meant that participle deployed as adjective, when substituted as in OP's example, will change the tense. IT IS QUITE OK if the tense can be altered. – English Student May 19 '17 at 9:23

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