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    had been gone or had gone?

    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Thanks.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Is it correct or it should be "had gone"?

    "It looked as if Janine didn’t even know Alexa had been gone."
    I would say you are correct and 'had been gone' is wrong.

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    Re: had been gone or had 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.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    To me, the original is definitely correct, although I would agree if someone were to say it's not elegantly written.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    To me, the original is definitely correct, although I would agree if someone were to say it's not elegantly written.
    I would agree with your "definitely correct" in a certain context. See my post to haseli22.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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 didn’t even know Alexa had been gone.

    Thanks.
    Could/might be OK. Please supply some additional/surrounding dialogue/narrative.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    The longer the children had been gone the better, he discovered.

    This is the first of 178 reasonably natural-sound citations from COCA.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    It comes down to whether she left and returned and her absense was unnoted the whole time, or whether she is not there now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The longer the children had been gone the better, he discovered.

    This is the first of 178 reasonably natural-sound citations from COCA.
    I knew that sooner or later you would use your true picture.


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    Re: had been gone or had gone?

    Dear Barb_D,
    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?

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