When they had celebrated their 50 anniversary, it was already popular.

Is this sentence correct? (I Think it must be just the other way around?)

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    What was already popular? – Tommy Tran Oct 10 '19 at 9:50
  • A family reunion – katinka Oct 10 '19 at 10:03
  • Your sentence doesn't seem to make sense. If you are talking about a 50th anniversary party, how can it have been 'already popular'? If you mean that a lot of people wanted to attend, that can only have happened after the party was announced. You could say "When they had celebrated their 50th anniversary, it had been a great success". – Kate Bunting Oct 10 '19 at 12:16
  • One way to express what I think you mean is: Reunions were already popular in their family when they celebrated their 50th anniversary. You don't need the past perfect here. – Shoe Oct 12 '19 at 11:00
  • This is a terrible sentence if it stands alone, for the reasons given in the comments, and 50 should indeed be 50th. But sometimes native English speakers do reverse the past and the past perfect in this way (although maybe not in this sentence). To say whether it's correct, we would have to see the previous sentences. – Peter Shor Nov 11 '19 at 11:43

Proper sentence: Family reunion had already been popular when they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

  1. "50" must be "50th"

  2. It does not matter if it is in another way round, "When they celebrated their 50th anniversary, family reunion had already been popular." is okay.

  3. You should give the information(a family reunion or a wedding party) about what "it" is. And you should give information about what 50th anniversary they are having if you are making sentences.

  4. It should be "family reunion had already been popular" because family reunion had been popular before "they" celebrated their 50th anniversary.

  5. It should be "when they celebrated their 50th anniversary" because they celebrated their 50th anniversary after family reunion had been popular.

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  • First, native speakers of English sometimes really do reverse past perfect and past in the way the OP is confused about. Second, you can't use the verb be in the past perfect with already the way you do. You have to say Family reunions had already become popular or already were popular or had been popular for a long time. – Peter Shor Nov 11 '19 at 11:40

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