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    #1

    had burned down

    My grammar book chose only "had burned down" in this practice question, but doesn't 'burned down' also work considering it's a consecutive action after "visiting"? I don't know what the question-maker intended.

    42)We (visited, had visited) the house I was born in, but it (burned down, had burned down)

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    Re: had burned down

    Assuming it was already burned down when you got there, you need to say it "had burned down."

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    Re: had burned down

    Tenses can be used to indicate a sequence of events. The past tense can be used to indicate something that happened before the present. The past perfect tense (had + verb) can be used to indicate something that happened before the past tense. Your first clause was in the past; with the past perfect, your second clause occurred before the first clause.

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    Re: had burned down

    Seems more likely you tried to visit the house than that you actually did, if it had previously burned down.
    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 burned down

    Considering all your opinions, I think 1 is also possible, but 2 is logically wrong, it should be "I tried to". How could you visit a house that already has burnt down?
    1.We visited the house I was born in, but it burned down.
    2.We visited the house I was born in, but it had burned down

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    Re: had burned down

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think 1 is also possible .[...]1.We visited the house I was born in, but it burned down.
    That's fine. The situation of a house burning down just as you are visiting it is unlikely, but I am sure it happens to the nicest of people.

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    Re: had burned down

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Seems more likely you tried to visit the house than that you actually did, if it had previously burned down.
    I think the idea is understood that you went to the location of the house.

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    Re: had burned down

    I expect so, and it's certainly more likely than the house burning down while you were visiting, but they still didn't visit the house. The address of the house, yes.
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