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    Had done

    Hi guys,

    You must be wondering that how many questions does this guy ask, but you know, I am a kind of confused guy, even if I know something I need a conformation on it. Actually I have one more question, as we know we use "Had done" when we want to go one step back in the past, so is it possible to continue any sentence with it, like this one" He came back tomorrow, because He had gone home, because his grandma had died, she had been suffering from severe disease or she was suffering from severe disease", so can we use had done for the past events again and again, or should we use was after using"had done" once or twice?(Please, a straight forward and ellaborated answer, as I told you I am a confused and Dumb guy).

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    Re: Had done

    "He came back tomorrow" doesn't make sense.
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Mar-2014 at 09:44. Reason: Non-essential QUOTE deleted.

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    Re: Had done

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "He came back tomorrow" doesn't make sense.
    If "tomorrow" is replaced with "yesterday", does the whole sentence work?

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    Re: Had done

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If "tomorrow" is replaced with "yesterday", does the whole sentence work?
    No, it doesn't work as one sentence.

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    #5

    Re: Had done

    Here's one suggestion: He came back yesterday, after going home because his grandma had died. She had contracted a serious disease.

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    Re: Had done

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    his grandma had died. She had contracted a serious disease.
    May I simply say "his grandma had died of a serious disease"?

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    Re: Had done

    Yes. This is probably more natural. Even more natural would be, "His grandmother had died after a serious illness".

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    Re: Had done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    ... so can we use had done for the past events again and again, or should we use was after using"had done" once or twice?
    Most good writers do not use 'had done' again and again for past events. It becomes very annoying to read. So, while it's grammatically correct, it's stylistically ugly, and there are always other ways of putting it.

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    Re: Had done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    ...his grandma had died, she had been suffering from severe disease or she was suffering from severe disease"
    I think I can make a guess now.
    "his grandmother had died after a serious illness, from which she had been suffering."

    Does it work?

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    #10

    Re: Had done

    I would say: His grandmother died from a serious illness after she had been suffering for a long time.

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