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When I got home I had looked for the dog. Options
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 7:13:11 PM
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What is the correct way to say this sentence. I want to use I had looked for the dog in the sentence but I am not sure of the first part.

A. When I had gotten home I had looked for the dog

B. When I got home I looked for the dog.

C. Both

D. Other

Thank you for the help.
grammargeek
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 8:04:56 PM
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B.
Luftmarque
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 8:50:54 PM

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Do you mean something like:
By the time I got home I had already looked for the dog.
grammargeek
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:30:09 PM
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Luftmarque wrote:
Do you mean something like:
By the time I got home I had already looked for the dog.


If that is what you mean, event, then choice B would not be right (as I had previously suggested). I suppose it would be important to know if you were looking for the dog at home or away from home, as if the dog had gotten lost.
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:50:50 PM
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I think you would need to know the order of the events. I see two possibilities:

1. I came home (for example, from work) and then looked for the dog. In this case, sentence B would (obviously) be correct.

2. I was out looking for the dog and then came home. In this case, sentence A would probably be correct, depending on how the narrative as a whole is "oriented in time." However, you would probably want to find a better way to say it. With two occurrences of past perfect, we have a somewhat complex view of the timeline if we're assuming the sentence is technically correct in describing what happened.

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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 8:31:45 PM
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B is correct.
Jeech
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 11:37:23 PM
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When one says, "I had looked for the dog" sets the order of events. Means, before doing anything he had looked for the dog. So, sentence ought to be:

When I got home I had looked for the dog.

You better say: Before I got home I had looked for the dog.

(where desired clause is, "I had looked for the dog.")
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 3:40:08 AM

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Was the dog ok?
balzac84
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:46:10 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Was the dog ok?

Me also wondering about the dog actually :-), please
tell the remaining of the story!

As for the sentence you r trying to create,
I would prefer a new one rahter than those
given as options.
it is:
(if the "I" was looking for the dog before getting home)
"When (or before) I got home, I had looked for the dog!"
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