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puzzle

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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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Horsa

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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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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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Yes.

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

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