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  • Saying goodbye to his lover, he then left the village.
  • Having said goodbye to his lover, he then left the village.

Which one is correct? 'Saying' or 'having said'? And what are the reasons? Could you please explain this.

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    Without the temporal adverb (then), either variant is fine. With the 'then', I don't like either, but I probably would consider the second poor style rather than unacceptable. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 1 at 16:04

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