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That's because he got the evidence that Mr Clark had back.
Is it possible that "had back" means "came back"? Mr Clark came back.
For example, is it OK to say: He had back home, meaning he came back home?
- Typo: 'he got the evidence that Mr Clark had come back.' [That is, the evidence was about Mr Clark coming back]
- Mr Clark had previously sent the evidence away; later he 'had it back', and gave it to whoever was mentioned in the sentence as 'he'. [That is, the evidence was something else]
I'd guess the first was more likely, but the context would make it clear.
PS And to answer your last question, no it's not. Some variants (e.g. Scottish English) use a preposition to imply a verb (like 'I'm away home'); but I've never heard a preposition used to imply 'come'.
Last edited by BobK; 17-Nov-2010 at 11:44. Reason: PS added
The CIA agent talks to a certain girl about her friend he's looking for. That guy probably killed two other guys.
She says: Oliver (her friend) talked to Gray (CIA chief whom he killed some time later) and a day later Gray resigned from his post, so it must've been pretty incriminating.
Then the agents says: But then Gray got his old position back.
She says: That's because he got the evidence that Oliver had back.
The agent says: The Capitol Visitor Center? (this is where Oliver probably killed a few agents some time ago in the past)
I think it should be: had come back.
When Gray found out that Oliver came back he also came back to his post. Maybe they had a deal: I disappear and you disappear too, I don't know.
Last edited by GUEST2008; 17-Nov-2010 at 12:12.
EDIT: I was slow - this was written before the post above.
I understood the sentence in the way described in BobK's second possibility.
It seems grammatically correct but clumsy to me:
- He got the evidence back.
- Which evidence?
- The evidence that Mr Clark had.
- So, he got the evidence that Mr Clark had back.
If I am correct, you can re-write the sentence this way:
- That's because he got back the evidence that Mr Clark had.