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    we had a great time the rest of the weekend

    Are the following sentences correct and natural? Could you change them to sound more natural? Is it necessary to use the past perfect?
    1) Despite the fact that that my sister and I had lost our way, we had a great time the rest of the weekend.
    2) Despite the fact that that my sister and I lost our way, we had a great time the rest of the weekend.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Lightbulb Re: we had a great time the rest of the weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    1) Despite the fact that that my sister and I had lost our way, we had a great time for the rest of the weekend.
    2) Despite the fact that that my sister and I lost our way, we had a great time for the rest of the weekend.
    Either would do in this case. The wider context might push the choice in one direction or the other. For example, if you'd already said that you and your sister had lost your way, then you'd probably want to use 1.
    "We lost our way ... [more narrative] ... Despite the fact that my sister and I had lost our way ..." The use of the past perfect here depends more on the order of the relation of your story.
    I'd use "for/over the rest of the weekend", though what you've written is acceptable.

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