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I'm writing some fiction in the past tense. At one point, I'm explaining a story in past perfect, and then the paragraph ends with "We never discussed what had happened."

But it appears to me that past simple and past perfect say the same thing in this instance. Both appear to reflect the same timing. What is the difference? (Besides tense, where do they differ in meaning?)

Thank you.

  • I don't think there is a significant difference here. Both choices convey the same meaning. – Hee Jin Apr 14 '18 at 15:01
  • Christopher Issac, that's down to the wy your characters speak… which is purely aoubt opinion in literary criticism. Those tenses do mean very nearly exactly the same thing and how well do you know your owncharacters, please? – Robbie Goodwin May 1 '18 at 19:46

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