Then, came reports that the concert had been cancelled after the angry fans thrashed the equipment.

Then, after the angry fans thrashed the equipment, came reports that the concert had been cancelled.

Is this sentence alright?

Thanks.
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Hi,

trashed, not 'thrashed'.

Then, came reports that the concert had been cancelled after the angry fans thrashed the equipment.

I'd remove the comma.

Then, after the angry fans thrashed the equipment, came reports that the concert had been cancelled.

Fine.

Both sentences are alright. But I don't see exactly the same meaning.

#1 suggests more that the trashing was the reason for the cancellation.

Clive
Hi,

Then, after the angry fans damaged the equipment, it was said in the reports that the concert had been cancelled.

Regards
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Hi,

Shouldn't it be - Then, after the angry fans trashed the equipment, came reports that the concert was cancelled
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Rahul2689Hi,

Shouldn't it be - Then, after the angry fans trashed the equipment, came reports that the concert was cancelled
The reports came after the cancellation, so you probably have to use past perfect.
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Hi,

Shouldn't it be - Then, after the angry fans trashed the equipment, came reports that the concert was cancelled

Both tenses are fine. 'Had been' is more emphatic about the fact that the cancellation was before some other event. However, in both cases it is unclear what that event was. It may have been either the trashing, or the coming of the reports.

Clive
How about this?

Then, after the angry fans had trashed the equipment, came reports that the concert was cancelled
Hi,

It is possible, but it's much more idiomatic to use the past perfect here.

Regards
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