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  1. Cap1034
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    What is this "had" grammatically?

    I was so devastated, as anyone might well be who had lost their baby two days after its birth.

    Why is this in the present perfect?
    What grammatical function does this play?

    Thank you.

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    Re: What is this "had" grammatically?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmorgan View Post
    I was so devastated, as anyone might well be who had lost their baby two days after its birth.

    Why is this in the present perfect?
    What grammatical function does this play?

    Thank you.
    It is the past perfect, not the present perfect.

    It functions to stage past events in time. The loss of the baby occurred before the devastation.

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    Re: What is this "had" grammatically?

    "The past perfect tense applies to something which happened before something happening in the past or described in the past tense."
    is it correct?

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