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My solution: Jake told me yesterday that he was going to the party at Helen’s house the week before.

The teacher's solution: Jake told me yesterday that he had gone to the party at Helen’s house the week before.

Can somebody explain me, why? Thanks!

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  • Why do you think your sentence is correct? Please explain.
    – user140086
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 13:43
  • The wording "was going" in your version of the sentence would mean that Jake's going was either at the same time as his telling you or at a later time. It contradicts "the week before". Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 21:25

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Had gone is the past perfect conjugation of the verb "to go". The past perfect tense is

a tense which represents actions that occurred before other actions in the past

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/past_perfect

The action that occurred in the past was Jake telling you something, but the action before that was Jake going to the party at Helen’s house the week before. Therefore, the past perfect had gone is correct.

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  • The teacher said in indirect speech Past Continous doesn't become Past Perfect (usually). I think she may not have right. So, was going to --> had gone is true in all case?
    – David Imre
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 10:51
  • To let people answer your question (or judge if your teacher is right or wrong) you should start with posting the exact question, and only then the answers. ;-)
    – tum_
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 10:59

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