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Because of backed up traffic, by the time I arrived at my parent’s house the reunion was over for hours and all my relatives have gone.

a) was over for hours and all my relatives have gone
b) had been over for hours and all my relatives had gone
c) were over for hours and all my relatives had gone
d) has been over for hours and all my relatives was gone
e) had been over for hours and all my relatives had been gone

The answer is B

I hated all the answers as a native English speaker because of the last word "gone" vs. left, and if gone is used is just sounds so much better saying my relatives "were gone", However, in any case I did not choose B because it has two past-perfect statements "Had been" and "had gone", can some one explain to me how is this correct? I thought in the rare case of two past perfects a " had had" should be used. Also I believe this is an incomplete sentence b/c had gone should have a destination after it and thats why I believe left should be used.
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Past perfect is correctly used to refer to earlier events (had been, had gone) with respect to a verb in simple past (arrived).

The past perfect form of the verb "to have" is "had had", but the verb "to have" is not used in the sentence (the earlier events are "to be" and "to go"), and hence there is no reason to use "had had".

Note: The usage "due to" is wrong - corrected to "because of".
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