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Is this sentence correct?

It is not surprising that her death cast a pale of gloom over all those who had come in contact with her.

Is "who had come in contact" right form? Or can I make this the sentence like below?

It is not surprising that her death cast a pale of gloom over all those who came in contact with her.

  • @oerkelens, I think you've got that right on the money. You should submit that as an answer. – sraboy May 8 '14 at 7:52
  • @sraboy If you say so :) – oerkelens May 8 '14 at 8:08
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Since she is dead, we would reasonably assume that new people are no longer coming in contact with her.

Therefore, the past perfect (those who had come) is appropriate, to indicate that the "coming in contact" happened and ended in the past.

The alternative sentence seems to indicate that people who touched her after she died were affected by it.

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