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I did not expect a reply anymore so when I saw that you did I was very happy .

Is "did " better than" had" I think both are correct but it seems obvious that what I saw came before I saw it so I did not use past perfect . What matters here is the fact of answering not the completion of this answer .

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Your sentence would be understandable in casual conversation, but the two halves don't match. A reply is a noun, so you can't use had to imply had replied.

I didn't expect a reply, so when I got yours I was happy

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I didn't expect anyone to reply (verb), so when I saw that you had I was happy.

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  • And did would not be correct in the second example so when I saw that you did
    – Yves Lefol
    Feb 3 at 9:01
  • I think it would be more natural to use had. When you saw the reply, it would already have been sent. Feb 3 at 9:27
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    I don't find anymore very idiomatic in the cited context (and I always get confused by some pedantic AmE distinction between anymore and any more anyway! :). But presumably the intended meaning here is what I might have expressed by I was no longer expecting a reply,... (because the "discussion thread" or whatever was so long ago). Feb 3 at 13:07

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