They had came? Whoops!

An article about an unsung hero in a recent issue of The Huntsville Times included this sentence:

When the children were on their way, L. quietly went back to where he'd parked, turned around and took his family back the way they'd came.

Whoops! The word THEY'D is a contraction of THEY and HAD.  When a writer uses the helping verb HAD, that writer must also choose the past participle of the verb (COME), not the past tense form (CAME). The sentence should read this way:

When the children were on their way, L. quietly went back to where he'd parked, turned around and took his family back the way they'd come.


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