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    had ever/ever had

    Hi,

    I can't figure out which of these is best to use:

    1. It was greater than he ever had imagined.
    2. It was greater than he had ever imagined.

    I started with "It was greater than he could have ever imagined" but I am trying to write concisely. Any and all guidance much appreciated.

    Thank you!
    C

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    Re: had ever/ever had

    Quote Originally Posted by cynthiaT View Post
    Hi,

    I can't figure out which of these is best to use:

    1. It was greater than he ever had imagined.
    2. It was greater than he had ever imagined.

    I started with "It was greater than he could have ever imagined" but I am trying to write concisely. Any and all guidance much appreciated.

    Thank you!
    C
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    Re: had ever/ever had

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    is there a reason for that or does it just sound better?

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    Re: had ever/ever had

    Quote Originally Posted by cynthiaT View Post
    is there a reason for that or does it just sound better?
    Simply because that's how most people would say it. You can start a poll to verify that.

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    Re: had ever/ever had

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    ... You can start a poll to verify that.
    But please don't. The correct answer has been given, and a poll will not explain the reason that it is right.

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