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Did not know that you would contact me again!!!

I had tried to contact someone so many times and did not receive an answer that I had completely forgotten that I had made an order.

I think it is better without the last had in had made because it is obvious that before contacting you and forgetting my order I have placed it. I want only emphasize the forgetting

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  • Off-topic: to contact is transitive, so you need to contact you Feb 7, 2022 at 10:51
  • "I wasn't expecting you to contact me again." Feb 7, 2022 at 11:07
  • No, it doesn't work because you're not writing sentences. The first one is missing a subject. The second one is missing an indirect object. Feb 7, 2022 at 18:08
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    Which sentence is your question exactly? Please clarify your question.
    – Lambie
    Feb 7, 2022 at 18:27

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I had tried to contact so many times and did not receive an answer that I had completely forgotten that I( had) made an order

Using the past perfect here implies that this entire situation preceded something else. I guess the person received an order they were no longer expecting.

The sentence should be:

I tried to contact you so many times and did not receive an answer that I had completely forgotten that I had made an order.

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I had tried to contact you so many times and had not received an answer that I had completely forgotten that I had made an order

The first option explains what you did and then refers to the prior situation that makes receiving the order a surprise. The second option describes the entire pre-existing situation as explaining the reason for the surprise.

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  • If in fact I didn't receive the order but only was surprised to get an answer from the seller. Is the first solution better?
    – Yves Lefol
    Feb 7, 2022 at 16:58
  • The second focuses more on the fact that your attempts to contact were in vain and so gave you a disappointing result. If you are just surprised to get a late answer, then the first is better since it puts emphasis only on the forgetting. Feb 7, 2022 at 18:06
  • but if I choose the first one , is the meaning a bit ambiguous? Since the attempt to contact the seller ended with the receipt of the email . If I choose past simple for try there is a chance to understand that the attempt to contact the seller starts after not before the receipt of the email. Past perfect is better to make sure the event is before .
    – Yves Lefol
    Feb 8, 2022 at 13:14

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