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    had invented

    George and his friends were headed up to the sandpit behind the bowling alley. There they'd play a game Normie Therriault had invented. (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King)

    Can I say "... Therriault invented."?
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: had invented

    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: had invented

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes.
    What's the difference when the author use "had invented"?
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: had invented

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    What's the difference when the author use "had invented"?
    It clearly sets the invention in a time prior to the time of the event being described. The past simple doesn't rule this out, though, and many native speakers would use it.
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