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    puzzle is offline Senior Member
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    Sentence

    She had said: "There isn't any," and gone to sleep before the words were out of her mouth.

    I. Does she said the words or not?
    II. If not, why use "had said"?
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    Re: Sentence

    It's difficult to be certain from this short extract, but I suspect she said "There isn't any" but failed to complete the sentence because she fell asleep.

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    Re: Sentence

    She had said: "There isn't any," and gone to sleep before the words were out of her mouth.

    I understand "the words" means "There isn't any", not the other words. Right?

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    Re: Sentence

    Yes.

    This sentence tells you that she fell asleep as she was saying "There wasn't any".

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    Re: Sentence

    Thank you!

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