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    He went out before I had finished my word.

    He had went out before I finished my word.

    Both sentences are grammatically right? Please.

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    Re: sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    He went out before I had finished my word. This one is grammatically correct, but I'm not sure what it means exactly.

    He had went out before I finished my word.

    Both sentences are grammatically right? Please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    He went out before I had finished my word. This one is grammatically correct, but I'm not sure what it means exactly.
    I think it means He went out before I could say anything; actually I didn't say a word, and so I wasn't able to finish what I was going to say (unrealized situation).

    The waiter took my plate away before I had finished eating. means I didn't finish my steak.

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    Re: sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    He went out before I had finished my word. -Yes

    He had went gone out before I finished my word. -No

    Both sentences are grammatically right? Please.
    Hi puzzle,

    "He went out before I had finished my word." is OK grammatically.

    "He had went out before I finished my word." is NOT, as the past participle of to go is [had] gone.

    Some interesting background on the words "go" and "went" taken from the entry for the word "went" within The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition):

    VERB:1. Past tense of go1. 2. Archaic A past tense and a past participle of wend. ETYMOLOGY:Middle English, from Old English wende, past tense and past participle of wendan, to go. WORD HISTORY:Why do we say went and not goed? Go has always had an unusual past tense, formed from a completely different root from its present tense. The replacement within a series of inflected forms of one form by a completely unrelated form is called suppletion. (Another, even more extreme, example of suppletion in English is found in the paradigm be, am, are, was, whose forms are originally from four different verbal roots.) The past tense of go in Old English was ode, formed from an unrelated root that has no other verb forms in English. Its modern replacement, went, derives from old forms of the modern verb wend. In Middle English the original past tense and past participle of wenden, “to go, turn,” were wended and wend, respectively. The forms wente and went appeared around 1200 and gradually displaced the older wended and wend. The new past tense wente also took on a new use as the past tense of go, replacing ode. By the beginning of the Modern English period, around 1500, went was no longer used in any other way and was therefore felt to be the normal past tense of go; at the same time, wend acquired the new form wended for its past tense and past participle, meaning “turned.”
    Last edited by Monticello; 01-Mar-2009 at 18:51.

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    Re: sentence

    I appreciate it.

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    Re: sentence

    actually I didn't say a word,

    " actually I hadn't said a word " ........... appears more apt in this instance.

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