past perfect simple (change of situation)

past perfect simple (change of situation)

Point 66 in the category of PAST is past perfect simple used for a CHANGE OF SITUATION.

The EGP uses HAD + ‘planned’ and ‘wanted’ + ‘but’ in their examples.

Since this is a difficult structure to find in corpora due to the length of sentences, we have looked directly in Google news for examples:

HAD PLANNED

  Infrastructure Magazine
On one job we actually had planned to use a trencher with machine control to dig about a 2km trench and typically we’d just use the UHF radios, but very soon after we started that job it became apparent that the UHF radios just weren’t getting reliable signal and it was dropping out quite a lot.
  The New Yorker
The story went like this: Phoebe and Martin had planned to spend the evening of November 1, 1977, with Martin’s father, Kingsley, the famous comic novelist, whose suite of debilitating hangups and phobias included a fear of being alone in a house after dark. (His second wife was travelling in Greece at the time.) That afternoon, however,Martin, then twenty-eight years old and already the author of two acclaimed novels, received a frantic call from an old flame who was organizing a literary festival in the North of England.
*This example goes across sentences so is too hard for the complexity checker to locate safely.
  mlive.com
The two establishments had planned to host fundraisers this year, but they were unable to do so because of COVID-19.

HAD WANTED

  Warrnambool Standard
Former Valencia captain Parejo gave a tearful goodbye press conference when he left, saying he had wanted to stay but was told to leave.
  The Guardian
She had wanted to get a dog but felt she couldn’t because of work.

This is too hard to find on iWeb directly as there are too many spaces possible beween words and looking for but as a collocate does not show a change of situation.  We can attempt following the basic pattern found in the EGP patterns which is:

had _vvn to _vvi and select some that appear to be discussing some kind of intention. (and later look for ‘but’)

1 HAD MANAGED TO GET 1053

2 HAD TRIED TO GET 767

Looking at the dirt around him, it appeared that he had tried to get up but couldn’t.

3 HAD COME TO SEE 683

She made no address to the multitude who had come to see her die but prayed fervently with the Ordinary for five minutes or so.

4 HAD DECIDED TO GO 661

, Robertson, Perreira were among the full backs LFC were looking at and had decided to go for Sessegnon but it didn’t work out

5 HAD DECIDED TO TAKE 543

6 HAD COME TO KNOW 534

7 HAD PLANNED TO GO 520 (‘planned’ is the egp example verb)

8 HAD PLANNED TO USE 509
9 HAD HOPED TO GET 469
10 HAD AGREED TO PAY 441
11 HAD TRIED TO MAKE 430
12 HAD FAILED TO MAKE 416
13 HAD COME TO BELIEVE 416
14 HAD COME TO EXPECT 411
15 HAD FAILED TO PROVIDE 409
16 HAD THREATENED TO KILL 383
17 HAD TRIED TO KILL 382
18 HAD FAILED TO TAKE 373
19 HAD GOTTEN TO KNOW 373
20 HAD HOPED TO SEE 370
21 HAD PLANNED TO TAKE 351
22 HAD DECIDED TO MAKE 350
23 HAD PLANNED TO MAKE 349
24 HAD CEASED TO EXIST 346
25 HAD DECIDED TO LEAVE 329
26 HAD FAILED TO PROVE 328
27 HAD FAILED TO MEET 320
28 HAD BEGUN TO TAKE 313
29 HAD HOPED TO FIND 309
30 HAD GONE TO SLEEP 299
31 HAD ARRANGED TO MEET 296
32 HAD GONE TO SEE 287
33 HAD WANTED TO GO 286
34 HAD COME TO PASS 284
35 HAD FAILED TO SHOW 278
36 HAD FAILED TO PAY 276
37 HAD HOPED TO USE 276
38 HAD COME TO VISIT 275
39 HAD MANAGED TO ESCAPE 268
40 HAD WANTED TO SEE 260
41 HAD WANTED TO MAKE 257
42 HAD EXPECTED TO SEE 255
43 HAD PLANNED TO SPEND 255
44 HAD FAILED TO COMPLY 246
45 HAD HOPED TO MAKE 243
46 HAD DECIDED TO STAY 240
47 HAD FAILED TO DISCLOSE 239
48 HAD WANTED TO GET 237
49 HAD DECIDED TO USE 236
50 HAD MANAGED TO KEEP 236
51 HAD MANAGED TO MAKE 235
52 HAD COME TO LOVE 234
53 HAD GONE TO WORK 233
54 HAD GROWN TO LOVE 233
55 HAD DECIDED TO MOVE 231
56 HAD TRIED TO USE 225
57 HAD FAILED TO ESTABLISH 222
58 HAD TRIED TO TAKE 214
59 HAD INTENDED TO USE 212
60 HAD AGREED TO MEET 208
61 HAD DECIDED TO GIVE 208
62 HAD MANAGED TO FIND 205
63 HAD PLANNED TO GET 204
64 HAD FAILED TO GET 203
65 HAD EXPECTED TO FIND 202
66 HAD FAILED TO RESPOND 202
67 HAD FAILED TO FIND 201
68 HAD AGREED TO TAKE 200
69 HAD AGREED TO SELL 200
70 HAD TRIED TO STOP 199
71 HAD STARTED TO GET 195
72 HAD GATHERED TO WATCH 193
73 HAD BEGUN TO FEEL 186
74 HAD REFUSED TO GIVE 186
75 HAD PLANNED TO STAY 185
76 HAD GROWN TO INCLUDE 181
77 HAD BEGUN TO THINK 179
78 HAD TRIED TO HELP 177
79 HAD TRIED TO FIND 176
80 HAD BEGUN TO GROW 174
81 HAD REFUSED TO TAKE 174
82 HAD PLANNED TO BUILD 171
83 HAD FORGOTTEN TO TAKE 169
84 HAD FAILED TO GIVE 168
85 HAD WANTED TO TAKE 168
86 HAD EXPANDED TO INCLUDE 166
87 HAD DECIDED TO TRY 166
88 HAD TRIED TO KEEP 165
89 HAD PROMISED TO GIVE 164
90 HAD BEGUN TO MAKE 163
91 HAD BEGUN TO FALL 162
92 HAD FORGOTTEN TO PUT 162
93 HAD GOT TO KNOW 160
94 HAD FAILED TO KEEP 159
95 HAD DECIDED TO GET 159
96 HAD FORGOTTEN TO BRING 158
97 HAD PLANNED TO ATTEND 158
98 HAD PLANNED TO VISIT 158
99 HAD COME TO TAKE 156
100 HAD COME TO LIVE 156

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