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    Default it was gone

    Is this sentence OK? Is there a better way to say it?

    She forgot to retrieve her luggage from the rental car and when she went back to look for it, it was gone.

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    Default Re: it was gone

    It's fine.

    A lot of people would say '...it had gone'.

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    Default Re: it was gone

    Regardless of "had" or "was", the difficulty remains that, as written, it's not clear whether her luggage had gone - or whether the car itself had gone [with her luggage in it!].

    Better to say "She forgot to retrieve her luggage from the rental car, and when she went back to look for it, found that her bags [or the car] had gone".

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