The following is a sentence taken from a novel. In this sentence there is a structure "had been gone". It seems a bit odd to me. Is it correct or it should be "had gone"?
It looked as if Janine didnít even know Alexa had been gone.
Now she is back. She had been gone.
If you say you didn't know she "had gone," that is saying she is still away.
To me, the original is definitely correct, although I would agree if someone were to say it's not elegantly written.
The longer the children had been gone the better, he discovered.
This is the first of 178 reasonably natural-sound citations from COCA.
It comes down to whether she left and returned and her absense was unnoted the whole time, or whether she is not there now.
What you have said is totally correct. In this novel "she left and returned and her absense was unnoted the whole time". Now this structure is correct?