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    had owned/owned

    I have a question for native English Speakers. There was a stuntman, who played Spider-Man character in 1977-79 TV show. His name was Fred Waugh. He is already dead and most of his fans know about his death. With this in mind, please take a look at the following sentence:

    I heard that Fred Waugh had owned a costume from the show and that he had sold it to someone.

    Does this sentence make sense? and in this way, can the sentence imply "before he passed away." or "when he was alive."

    Hidenori

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    Re: had owned/owned

    Quote Originally Posted by Hidenori View Post
    Does this sentence make sense?
    Yes, it makes sense.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hidenori View Post
    can the sentence imply "before he passed away." or "when he was alive."
    That's correct.

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    Re: had owned/owned

    It's rather hard to think that he sold it after he died!

    There is no need for the past perfect.
    He clearly did nothing after he died.
    And he had to own it before he sold it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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