I'm having a bit of trouble understanding certain aspects of the past perfect tense.
So my premise is, it deals with events that happened in the past at different times.
One event is in past perfect, the other, more close to the present event, in the past simple.
If that is correct, then how does this phrase work? (It's used in testing)
Many students only find out in their first year of college that certain high school courses they hadn't paid much attention to are actually critical to their academic success.
I'm not seeing any verb in the past simple tense. I see the "hadn't" aka the past perfect. So this confuses me.
The students did not pay attention in the past -> after that line I was expecting another event/action, still in the past, but a bit more towards the present.
'Most students only find out...' doesn't look like past to me.