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    Default Past tense: have had vs. had

    I still have difficulties distinguishing what past tense verbs to use when referring to events that (have/had) happened in the past.

    For instance:
    I arrived.
    I have had arrived.
    I had arrived.
    (I've even seen the use of "had had" in numerous articles.)

    I'd appreciate any clarifications.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Past tense: have had vs. had

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I still have difficulties distinguishing what past tense verbs to use when referring to events that (have/had) happened in the past.

    For instance:
    I arrived.
    I have had arrived.
    I had arrived.
    (I've even seen the use of "had had" in numerous articles.)

    I'd appreciate any clarifications.
    Thank you.
    We use the past perfect (had/hadnít + past participle) to talk about an action in the past, which happened before another action in the past.

    When I woke up the garden was all white. It had snowed in the night.
    I arrived at the coffee bar twenty minutes late and my friends had already gone.
    I didnít recognize Mary because she had cut her hair.
    When I turned on the TV, the match had finished.
    He failed all his exams because he hadnít studied at all.

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    Default Re: Past tense: have had vs. had

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I still have difficulties distinguishing what past tense verbs to use when referring to events that (have/had) happened in the past.

    For instance:
    I arrived.
    I have had arrived.
    I had arrived.
    (I've even seen the use of "had had" in numerous articles.)

    I'd appreciate any clarifications.
    Thank you.
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