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    Question Problem with using verbs

    Would it be:
    I knew it was you.
    OR I knew it is you.
    Is there a rule for this?....if so plzz tell me

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by gangsta_gal View Post
    Would it be:
    I knew it was you.
    OR I knew it is you.
    Is there a rule for this?....if so plzz tell me
    I knew it was you. This means I knew (then) that it was you (then).
    I know it was you; Means I know (now) that it was you (then).
    I know it is you; Means I know (now) that it is you (now).
    I knew it is you; This is wrong.
    Do you understand now?

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    yeah pretty much....and i also have problems with "had have" would u help me with that? when do we use "have had" and "had have"??

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by gangsta_gal View Post
    yeah pretty much....and i also have problems with "had have" would u help me with that? when do we use "have had" and "had have"??
    Please start a new thread for a new question.

    Incidentally, "Yes, thanks" might be a more polite answer than "yeah pretty much" to the question, "Do you understand now?"

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    Boy, u scare meh!! yes i understood that Mr. or Mrs....fivejedjon (whoever)

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by gangsta_gal View Post
    Boy, u scare meh!! yes i understood that Mr. or Mrs....fivejedjon (whoever)
    Don't worry darlin', I'm sure his/her bark is worse than his bite!

    You can use have had: I have had a good time. I have had some lunch.
    But not: *I had have a good time. *I had have some lunch.

    had is the past participle of have and the simple past tenseand the past subjunctive of have.

    You can also write I had had a good time....... or I had had some lunch..... where ...... represents something which happened after 'a good time' or 'some lunch', for example:

    I had had a good time, then I fell and broke my leg.
    I had had some lunch, then I went shopping.

    You can use: I had to have: I had to have my leg amputated.

    This is getting gruesome, I'll stop.

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    Default Re: Problem with using verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by gangsta_gal View Post
    Boy, u scare meh!! yes i understood that Mr. or Mrs....fivejedjon (whoever)
    This is a forum for discussing language, so please refrain from writing in a chatroom style.
    Last edited by Tdol; 25-Jan-2011 at 16:05.

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