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    Hi~

    I have a question about this sentence.

    "Thanks to the man who had packed Plumb's parachute during the war, Charles Plumb could survive."

    Can I omit 'had' ?

    If I can, is there any difference between two sectences( one with had, the other without had)?

    Please let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    Hi~

    I have a question about this sentence.

    "Thanks to the man who had packed Plumb's parachute during the war, Charles Plumb could survive."

    Can I omit 'had' ?

    If I can, is there any difference between two sectences( one with had, the other without had)?

    Please let me know.
    Where did you find that sentence?

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    It's from one of my English workbooks.
    Why? Is there any problem with the sentence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    It's from one of my English workbooks.
    Why? Is there any problem with the sentence?
    I find it a bit unnatural. This is better: "Thanks to the man who (had) packed Plumb's parachute during the war, Charles Plumb survived." The "had" is not really necessary but it's OK. Even then I find "during the war" to be a bit odd.

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    Default Re: Can I delete this?

    Thanks for your answer.
    By the way, what do you mean "during the war" is a bit odd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddablo View Post
    Thanks for your answer.
    By the way, what do you mean "during the war" is a bit odd?
    It suggests to me that the same man packed Plumb's parachute throughout the duration of the war, and that Plumb needed to use it several times.

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    Oh! I got it. I reallly appreciate your help!!

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