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The child woke up crying because she had ____ a nightmare. A. had B. dreamt Note: Is the answer A? Why not B? Can I not fill-in anything? Namely, the child woke up crying because she had a nightmare.
May 29, 2013 6:02 AM
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A nightmare is a (bad) dream, so it's redundant to repeat yourself. We "have" dreams. You need past perfect here because it explains why she woke up crying (ie. the background/history to the past simple action). "The child woke up crying because she had had a nightmare." PS. No hyphens for phrasal verbs.
May 29, 2013
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