Learn English – What tense use before and after “then”?

past-tense

Which sentence is correct?

1) The arrangements had been made and then the guests have arrived.

2) The arrangements had been made and then the guests arrived.

If I use "then" the time is somehow determined, so I should use past simple. Am I right?
Is past perfect justified here?

Best Answer

according to your sentence the first action that had happened was making the arrangements and the second action was the guests arrival so as a fact that both occured in past for the first one you should use past perfect and for the second one past simple so the second sentence is correct: The arrangements had been made then the guests arrived

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