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    The sun had come out by then.

    Can the below sentence be written without had and what difference would it make if we do so?

    The Sun had come out by then and the ground was starting to dry, but it was still very muddy so she headed to the car and sat on the hood while she ate her lunch - leftover subway from the night before

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    Re: Can the below sentence be written without had?

    No, "had" is necessary. It would be ungrammatical without it.
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    Re: Can the below sentence be written without had?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "had" is necessary. It would be ungrammatical without it.
    I mean " The sun came out by then .....

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    Re: Can the below sentence be written without had?

    ... had come ... is the form you want in that sentence. The use of 'by then' makes the past simple unnatural.

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    Re: Can the below sentence be written without had?

    I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
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