"He hadn't been to school since last week."

As a native english speaker, I sense this sentence is wrong, but I can't figure out why, other than that 'last week' seems to posit a vantage point of the present.

However, 'he hadn't been to school since the accident' seems perfectly fine, so if the accident happened last week, why are these two not interchangeable?

  • @Trick I haven't heard the term 'pluperfect' used in donkey's years!
    – BillJ
    Sep 29, 2019 at 8:45
  • @BillJ Plusquamperfect, if you prefer. Sep 29, 2019 at 18:50


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