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  1. Gorkem Atay's Avatar
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    #1

    came/had come

    1. The detective asked the lady why she CAME to this place.

    2. The detective asked the lady why she HAD COME to this place.


    Is there any big difference in their meanings ?

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    #2

    Re: came/had come

    Yes. The first sentence carries the implication that the lady came to this place regularly, and the detective is asking her why she kept coming to this place. The second sentence means that the detective is asking the lady why she had come to this place on this particular occasion.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: came/had come

    I don't disagree with Grumpy, but it is very likely that an English speaker would use either sentence for the same meaning.

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