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    If I have had enough money,I would have bought a car.

    Is this sentence correct? If not what is the correction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    If I have had enough money,I would have bought a car.

    Is this sentence correct? If not what is the correction?
    No, it's not correct. Change "have had" to "had had".

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    Default Re: If clause

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    1. I believe that the correct sentence is:

    If I had had enough money (last month), I would have bought a car.

    2. Some native speakers feel that "had had" sounds funny, so they drop the first "had":

    If I had enough money, I would have bought a car.

    3. Some native speakers feel more comfortable in using "had had" if they use a contraction:

    If I'd had enough money, I would have bought a car.

    4. And some American native speakers even say:

    If I would have had enough money, I would have bought a car.

    This is considered incorrect.



    James

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