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    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
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    Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    I think I should not use 'had gone' in the following sentence as there is only a verb. Is this correct?

    Much to her astonishment, her audition went smoothly.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    I don't know what you mean by 'as there is only a verb'.

    The quoted sentence is fine.

    If there is more context, '... her audition had gone smoothly' could be correct, too.

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    Re: Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    I think he means "There is only one verb" (one clause). Even if there were two verbs, that would not normally be enough to decide whether the past perfect is warranted.

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    Re: Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I don't know what you mean by 'as there is only a verb'.
    Sorry that I was not clear with my writing. As Raymott correctly understood, I meant there is only one clause.

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    Re: Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Sorry that I was not clear with my writing. As Raymott correctly understood, I meant there is only one clause.
    Did you mean "only one verb"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

    Yes, that's what I meant.

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