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How can we use ago with Past perfect? Are below lines correct?

The boy’s father had separated from the family many years ago while his mother worked as a gardener in Mukesh’s school.

Above lines taken from below link of Times of India article. 8/may/2018.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/asked-to-walk-to-school-by-mom-14-year-old-hangs-self/articleshow/64067563.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TOI&utm_content=om-bm

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  • But the rule is we cannot use past perfect with ago.. – TheMdsami33 May 8 '18 at 10:12
  • Whose rule is that? The sentence looks perfectly grammatical to me. – Tom Zych May 8 '18 at 10:17
  • Ago and back (informal) are used for past times from the present moment. Before and earlier are used for past times from another time in the past. – mahmud koya May 8 '18 at 10:34
  • But If we refer to a point in time before a specific time in the past, we use before or earlier or previously, often with the past perfect: we dont use ago with past perfect... this is the rule... @TomZych – TheMdsami33 May 8 '18 at 10:36
  • @Tom Zych, "me" doesn't mean "everybody". – mahmud koya May 8 '18 at 10:37

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