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    #1

    Smile he had gone/was going home

    Persn A: Was Tom at the party when you arrived?
    Person B: No, he was going/had gone home.


    Do both was going and had gone work in the above context? If not, why not? Thanks.


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    Re: he had gone/was going home

    The question asks if Tom was there when you arrived.

    Your answer "No, he was going home" contains an innate illogicality since at the same time you are denying he was there and stating he was there though about to leave. Therefore if you answer with the word "No", it has to be "he had gone".

    You could answer "Yes, but he was just going home".

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    Re: he had gone/was going home

    Thanks, anglika, for the sensible answer.

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