[Grammar] Much to her astonishment, her audition went/had gone

Oceanlike

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I think I should not use 'had gone' in the following sentence as there is only a verb. Is this correct?

Much to her astonishment, her audition went smoothly.

Thank you. :-D
 

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I don't know what you mean by 'as there is only a verb'.

The quoted sentence is fine.

If there is more context, '... her audition had gone smoothly' could be correct, too.
 

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I think he means "There is only one verb" (one clause). Even if there were two verbs, that would not normally be enough to decide whether the past perfect is warranted.
 

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I don't know what you mean by 'as there is only a verb'.

Sorry that I was not clear with my writing. As Raymott correctly understood, I meant there is only one clause.
 

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Sorry that I was not clear with my writing. As Raymott correctly understood, I meant there is only one clause.

Did you mean "only one verb"?
 

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Yes, that's what I meant.
 
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