The context is:
I am working with a file. At that time, Person-A called me and asked about the file.
After that,after 30 Minutes, Person-B asked me what happend.
My reply was -“Person-A had called and I said I was working on that- is this correct”.
Here, WAS WORKING- correct?
Whenever we tell about the past things, all presentence should be converted into Past tense? Like "is working "—> “was working”.
Second thing, whenever we use “thought” - the remaining things should be changed into Past.
Ex: At 3.00 am, Person-A is on the way. Someone asked me about Person-A.
I said - “Person-A is on the way”.
After 30 minutes (3.30 am), Person-B asked me about Person-A. At this point also, Person-A HAS NOT COME.
My reply (at 3.30 am)- “I thought Person-A was on the way”. Is this correct - Because Person-A is STILL on his way. This actions has not finished yet.
Since there are two things happened, Called + My reply - Should not I use HAD CALLED instead of “Person A called and I said I was working on that”.
This is where I confuse.
My Question: If ONE SINGLE person did do things, then only should I use Had+Past tense.
Good general explanation, daemon, but please note that it is only because we must stress that the train left first, so we missed it. The other sentence is also possible-- The train left when we arrived at the station– but here the events occur at the same time, and we caught our train.