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    where he caught the fish.

    Is this "caught" grammatically wrong? Does it always have to be "had caught" to express a preceding action? Is it so strict or does it just sound awkward?
    I know in "I called him before I went to school", "called" doesn't have to be "had called" due to "before".

    ex) He caught a fish from a river. The next day he went down to the river where he caught the fish.

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    Re: where he caught the fish.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is this "caught" grammatically wrong? No
    Does it always have to be "had caught" to express a preceding action? No
    Is it so strict or does it just sound awkward? your sentence is acceptable.
    I know in "I called him before I went to school", "called" doesn't have to be "had called" due to "before".

    ex) He caught a fish from a river. The next day he went down to the river where he caught the fish. If that first sentence is there, the second is acceptable.. If the first sentence is not there we definitely need 'had caught'.
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    Re: where he caught the fish.

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    Actually, it's kind of a short story, and to make it shorter, I just inserted the first sentence way far from the second in the original sentence. But I think whether the first sentence is far or just before the second one, if it was expressed, then the second is acceptable.

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    Re: where he caught the fish.

    There's almost over 10 lines between the catching action and going back to the fishing spot. So in this case, I wonder if "caught" instead of "had caught" is acceptable.

    ex)He fished to support himself and his mother. One day, he felt an enormous tuf on his line. He stuggles and finally landed a huge, golden fish......
    (almost 10 lines in-between)
    The next day he went down to the river where he caught the fish

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