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    Smile I have a question

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    " It was obvious to Sophie that wharever had been in the jar had now been blown through the trumpet‧‧‧‧‧‧"

    why use "had now"???

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    Re: I have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by louis1232001 View Post
    First, forgive my poor English.

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    I have a question about the following sentence.

    " It was obvious to Sophie that whatever had been in the jar had now been blown through the trumpet."

    Why did the author use "had now?"
    Hello louis1232001, and welcome to the form.
    The author used the past perfect in "had been" and "had now been" because those precede "was." When you have verbs in the past that happen before other past verbs, you can use the past perfect for the older verbs and the past simple for the newer ones.

    Note also that "now" is perfectly acceptable when referring to past situations, as in the above.

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