Plusquamperfekt and the Conjunction "nachdem"
When describing two events that occurred in the past but at different times, one uses the Pluperfect tense:
After I had eaten dinner, I watched television.
In English, this tense is formed by using a past tense
verb (such as "had") and a past participle ("eaten").
The same is true in German.
Nachdem ich zu Abend gegessen hatte , sah ich
PLUSQUAMPERFEKT SIMPLE PAST
In German the Plusquamperfekt [Pluperfect] tense is formed by taking the Auxiliary Verb in its Simple Past form and adding the Past Participle.
essen (ich) habe gegessen hatte gegessen
to eat (I) ate (I) had eaten
The Conjunction "NACHDEM" (after) introduces a clause in the Plusquamperfekt. The verb of the main clause is usually in the Simple Past tense.
Again, NACHDEM introduces a Dependent Clause, meaning
the verb appears at the end of the Clause.
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