Hello, I have a question related to the grammar in the following passage.

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When he awoke in the morning, the man was staring at him.

“Forgive me,” the man begged.

“I don’t know you, and I have no reason to forgive you,” the king replied.

“You might not know me, but I know you,” the man answered. “During the last war, you killed my brother and took my property. When I knew that you had gone to see the hermit, I decided to kill you on your way back. However, I came across your bodyguards, who recognized me and wounded me. Although I escaped, I would have died if you hadn’t saved my life. Now, my sons and I will serve you forever.”

Pleased to have made friends with his enemy so easily, the king forgave the man and promised to restore his property. After the man left, the king went outside to talk to the hermit.

Q) In the above passage, do you think the 'went' instead of 'had gone' is grammatically correct?

Please reply.


"went" is grammatically possible, but it does not fit the intended meaning. "When I knew that you went to see the hermit" would mean that that person visited the hermit regularly.


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