English as a Second Language/Past perfect

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Greetings madam . I was writing a report describing a sports event in which I wanted to state that a total number of participants took part in it. Will it be correct to say that a total no. Of 29 participants had taken part in the event? If yes, then why? Or do I have to use the past simple? Thanks.

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Could you please provide more context for this. I'd need the entire paragraph for the sentence above.

I'm tempted to say you need the simple past but again I'll wait for more info from you.

Meanwhile some links that explain the differences between the simple past and the past perfect:

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpas-pasper

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfect.html

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepast.html

http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/past-simple-or-past-perfect  

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