Recently on the People’s Court – or maybe it was Judge Judy – a plaintiff – or maybe it was a defendant – said:
“On the day I had moved out I gave him a check.”
The word “had” in that sentence is, of course, completely unnecessary. I hear this extraneous “had” a lot on trashy daytime TV.
“I had went to the supermarket.”
Maybe the people who use it think they sound smarter by using an extra word. Maybe they’re just dumb. But it really bugs me, and it must stop posthaste.