In a previous question, I got an answer that says that you can't write "the song had already been well rehearsed" because once it is well rehearsed you don't need to rehearse the song.

Would it be the same with develop? Can we say, "the song had already been developed", as once a song is developed it is for ever, it should work like rehearsed?

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    Once it is rehearsed it is for ever doesn't make sense to me. Each singer or group intending to perform a song normally has to rehearse for that performance. "The first work in the programme had already been rehearsed, so this time we concentrated on the second one." Dec 21, 2021 at 14:01
  • You may have misunderstood something you were told previously. There's nothing remotely wrong with saying something like As most of the songs had already been well-rehearsed, we didn't need to practice them. I will admit that As most of the songs had already been good, we didn't need to revise them is at least slightly "odd / awkward" (because "good" isn't a past participle), but I don't think that necessarily implies it's syntactically invalid. Dec 21, 2021 at 14:42
  • So why in my example it was not the past perfect The song had already been well rehearsed before entering the studio . They had played extensively live .
    – user5577
    Dec 21, 2021 at 18:41
  • Where in that previous question did someone say you cannot say, "the song had already been well rehearsed"? If someone said that, I disagree. That sentence is fine. Even if you have rehearsed something well, you can continue to rehearse it as often as you like.
    – gotube
    Dec 21, 2021 at 18:59


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