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    I'd had



    1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

    More: Top five regrets of the dying | Life and style | guardian.co.uk


    Are the underlined parts the short forms of had had?


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    Re: I'd had

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

    More: Top five regrets of the dying | Life and style | guardian.co.uk


    Are the underlined parts the short forms of had had?

    In this particular example, "I'd" is the short form of "I had" so yes, "I'd" plus "had" = "I had had".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: I'd had

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    Hello,


    1. If I had had time to visit yesterday, I would have come to your house.

    a. Some native speakers think that "had had" sounds "funny."

    i. So they use a contraction because it does not sound so "funny" to them (I'd had)

    ii. Some native speakers even use only one "had" -- even though it is "bad" English: If I had time, I would have visited you.

    iii. And some Americans use "very bad" English: If I would have had time, I would have visited you.


    James

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    Had not visited used right here, I would have thought that come in the other sentence is infinitive not participle. Great as always! Bless you, James.


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    Re: I'd had

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    a. Some native speakers think that "had had" sounds "funny."
    i. So they use a contraction because it does not sound so "funny" to them (I'd had)
    Contracting I had to I'd is common with the past perfect of all verbs in conversation.

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    Re: I'd had

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    a. Some native speakers think that "had had" sounds "funny."

    i. So they use a contraction because it does not sound so "funny" to them (I'd had)


    Frankly, this is rubbish.

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