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    Have \ has had and had had

    Hello everyone.

    I have had a car, that mean I don't have It anymore right?

    But when I say:
    I had had a car, it still mean the same or not.

    In the first one It Is present perfect, and the second one past perfect.

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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed_harbi View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I have had a car, that mean I don't have It anymore right?

    But when I say:
    I had had a car, it still mean the same or not.

    In the first one It Is present perfect, and the second one past perfect.

    Regards
    I have had a car for three years = you still have the car.
    I have had a car in the past = you probably don't have a car now.

    I had had a car ... - this would only make sense when followed by something else. Can you write a whole sentence using "I had had a car"?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    For example:
    I had had a car when I lived In New Zealand

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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    That doesn't work- the two things are at the same time and the past perfect is for the first of two linked actions.

    I had had a car before I moved to New Zealand.

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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    I don't think a car is a good example to demonstrate the use of "had had".
    "I had a car before I moved to New Zealand" works just as well. There's still no need for the past perfect unless more elements are added.

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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    We can use the car if we add some information.

    When I moved to New Zealand, I bought a car. I had had a car before, of course, but never in a foreign country.
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    Re: Have \ has had and had had

    Thank you all for your help it always confused me but not any more thank’s to you.

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