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    Finish

    What is the diffrence between the two sentences:

    He wrote letter after letter, and it was well past midnight when he finished writing the last one

    He wrote letter after letter, and it was well past midnight when he finished having written the last one

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    Re: Finish

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    He wrote letter after letter, and it was well past midnight when he finished writing the last one

    He wrote letter after letter, and it was well past midnight when he finished having written the last one
    The first one is perfectly acceptable (except that it is missing a comma). I am not sure what the writer is trying to say with the second sentence, but I do know it is ungrammatical. You could say something like:
    Having finished the last letter, he went to bed.
    ~R

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