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My grammar book chose only "had burned down" in this practice question, but doesn't 'burned down' also work considering it's a consecutive action after "visiting"? I don't know what the question-maker intended.

42)We (visited, had visited) the house I was born in, but it (burned down, had burned down)
 

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Assuming it was already burned down when you got there, you need to say it "had burned down."
 

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Tenses can be used to indicate a sequence of events. The past tense can be used to indicate something that happened before the present. The past perfect tense (had + verb) can be used to indicate something that happened before the past tense. Your first clause was in the past; with the past perfect, your second clause occurred before the first clause.
 

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Seems more likely you tried to visit the house than that you actually did, if it had previously burned down.
 

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Considering all your opinions, I think 1 is also possible, but 2 is logically wrong, it should be "I tried to". How could you visit a house that already has burnt down?
1.We visited the house I was born in, but it burned down.
2.We visited the house I was born in, but it had burned down
 

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I think 1 is also possible .[...]1.We visited the house I was born in, but it burned down.
That's fine. The situation of a house burning down just as you are visiting it is unlikely, but I am sure it happens to the nicest of people.
 

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Seems more likely you tried to visit the house than that you actually did, if it had previously burned down.

I think the idea is understood that you went to the location of the house.
 

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I expect so, and it's certainly more likely than the house burning down while you were visiting, but they still didn't visit the house. The address of the house, yes.
 
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