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    Default Have had/did have

    The test is going well. We haven't had any problem.

    Why do we use "haven't had" instead of "didn't have"?

    could you please clear it out straightaway.

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    Default Re: Have had/did have

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    The test is going well. We haven't had any problem.

    Why do we use "haven't had" instead of "didn't have"?

    could you please clear it out straightaway.
    Because the test is ongoing.

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    Default Re: Have had/did have

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    The test is going well. We haven't had any problem.

    Why do we use "haven't had" instead of "didn't have"?

    could you please clear it out straightaway.
    As bhai said, the first sentence makes it clear that the test is still underway. If it helps, imagine that it reads "We haven't had any problems yet" or "We haven't had any problems so far".

    If it started "The test went well", showing that the test is over, it could be followed by "We didn't have any problems".

    Please don't ask us to reply "straight away" (note though, that it is written as two words). We are all volunteers. We will get to your post as and when we have the time.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    ...and we won't clear it out; we'll clear it up.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Have had/did have

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As bhai said, the first sentence makes it clear that the test is still underway. If it helps, imagine that it reads "We haven't had any problems yet" or "We haven't had any problems so far".

    If it started "The test went well", showing that the test is over, it could be followed by "We didn't have any problems".

    Please don't ask us to reply "straight away" (note though, that it is written as two words). We are all volunteers. We will get to your post as and when we have the time.
    I have a confusion about "had" in these sentences. We haven't had any problems yet or We haven't had any problems so far.
    Why do we use "had" here? As per my limited knowledge about grammar "had" is used only as follows
    1, Past tense i.e. Smith had gone to New York last month. 2, Used for past possession i.e. Smith had a BMW when he lived in New York. 3, Used in conditional sentences i.e. If Jadoon had money he would visit Sydney at the eve of new year. Or if Jadoon had had money he would have visited Sydney at the eve of new year. Please teach me more uses of "Had" to clear my confusion.
    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: Have had/did have

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    I have a confusion about "had" in these sentences. We haven't had any problems yet or We haven't had any problems so far.
    Why do we use "had" here?
    It is the third form (past participle) of the verb HAVE, used in the construction of perfect and passive forms.

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    Default Re: Have had/did have

    Would you have been less confused if it had read "We haven't experienced any problems yet"?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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