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    #1

    the hole in the wall

    Orig: The hole in the wall had closed up.

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    The hole in the wall had closed.

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    The hole in the wall closed.

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    The hole in the wall closed up.

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    #2

    Re: the hole in the wall

    Orig: The hole in the wall had closed up.

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    The hole in the wall had beenclosed. Unless the hole closed itself, the passive should be used.

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    The hole in the wall was closed. See comment above.
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    The hole in the wall closed up. I won’t recommend it.

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    Re: the hole in the wall

    Yes, the hole in the wall closed by itself.

    Therefore, which one is more appropriate:
    The first sentence or the second one?

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    Re: the hole in the wall

    In that case both are possible: (We noticed) the hole in the wall had closed (itself) since last year; the hole in the wall closed l(itself) last year.

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    #5

    Re: the hole in the wall

    What's the difference then between the two? Wouldn't "had" be unnecessary then?

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