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    • Join Date: Aug 2008
    • Posts: 8
    #1

    I'm HAD

    Micky Vann had thrown a towel out of the ring a few weeks earlier and the beaten man had responded by...

    I don't like two 'hads' like this so close together. Could I just say in the second line, "the beaten man responded by..."

    Is it grammatically OK to leave out the second 'had'? Two past perfects close together like this does confuse me.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    #2

    Re: I'm HAD

    While seeing your point, it is clearer with both. You could rephrase it:

    When Micky Vann threw a towel out of the ring a few weeks earlier, and the beaten man had responded by....


    [NB - usually the person throwing the towel is admitting defeat]


    • Join Date: Aug 2008
    • Posts: 8
    #3

    Re: I'm HAD

    Thanks.

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