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    David had gone to the train station

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    David had gone to the train station to welcome his parents, who had come for a visit to see how he was doing at university.

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    #2

    Re: David had gone to the train station

    Does the context you have in mind call for the past perfect?

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    #3

    Re: David had gone to the train station

    No. The context does not call for the past perfect. I made a mistake, which I often do when I come upon similar sentences, because I somehow thought I should used the past perfect to indicate that his action preceded their arrival to the station.

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    David had gone went to the train station to welcome his parents, who had were coming for a visit to see how he was doing at university.
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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    "come for a visit" doesn't sound very natural to me.

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    What about this version about my sentence:

    David went to the train station to welcome his parents, who were paying him a visit to see how he was doing at university.

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    What about this version about my sentence:

    David went to the train station to welcome his parents, who were paying him a visit to see how he was doing at university.
    In my opinion, that's better.

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

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    "come for a visit" doesn't sound very natural to me.
    I have no problem with it. That's interesting given that we're both BrE speakers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    Could it be that you and jutfrank come from different parts of the UK?

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    Re: David had gone to the train station

    We might well do. I'm from the south-east.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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