If I told you:
"I was feeling very tense yesterday?"
Then you could respond:
"Really? What made you so tense?"
"Really? What had made you so tense?"
Neither is grammatically incorrect. However, the had isn't necessary, because made is a past tense verb already.
Incidentally, I wouldn't call the expression "what had made you so" grammatically incorrect, but it appears to be rarely used. When I did a Google book search:
- "What had made you so" returned 19 results
- "What has made you so" returned about 8,600 results
- "What made you so" returned over 51,000 results
So, it the verb tense used? Yes, it's not an illegal sentence. That said, while I wouldn't call your first sentence "wrong," I would probably agree with your teacher that your first sentence could be improved by eliminating the "had".
answered Nov 24 '12 at 9:49
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