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Which one you would choose?

I really had had a pleasant meal until you came
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I really had a pleasant meal until you came

I personally think that both are correct, but I am interested to see which one has greater emphasis.

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The difference is when you are talking about and when you are talking.

I am having a pleasant meal but now you are here. - Present

Yesterday I had a pleasant meal until you came. - Past

Yesterday when you came I told you I had had a pleasant meal until you came. - Past Perfect

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