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    What is the difference between "He has eaten" and "He had Eaten"?
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    Look for the rules of present prefect and past perfect...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HANGMAN View Post
    What is the difference between "He has eaten" and "He had Eaten"?


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    He has eaten an apple. We can say it now.
    He had eaten the apple when you came. We can say it by the past moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HANGMAN View Post
    What is the difference between "He has eaten" and "He had Eaten"?



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    The first is present perfect. There are a number of uses for this, but they mostly involve a completed action that is still recent or particularly relevant to the present.

    The second is past perfect. This used with the simple past to indicate the sequence of two actions in the past. The action is the past perfect is earlier than the action in the simple past.

    John shouldn't be hungry because he has already eaten (present perfect).
    I offered (simple past) John lunch, but he had already eaten (past perfect).
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    Which is more correct:" He has eaten or He has had his meal"?

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    Which is more correct:" He has eaten or He has had his meal"?
    They are equally correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They are equally correct.
    Can we say "I have eaten two times" or we must say "I have had my breakfast and lunch."
    Do people say " I eat in the morning , afternoon and evening." instead of "I have breakfast, dinner and supper."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Can we say "I have eaten two times" or we must say "I have had my breakfast and lunch."
    Both are possible, but the second is more likely. (For questions, invert the subject and verb ("Must we?").


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    Do people say " I eat in the morning , afternoon and evening." instead of "I have breakfast, dinner and supper."
    Both are possible, but the second is, I think, more likely. (Say: breakfast, lunch, and dinner/supper.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Both are possible, but the second is more likely. (For questions, invert the subject and verb ("Must we?").




    Both are possible, but the second is, I think, more likely. (Say: breakfast, lunch, and dinner/supper.)

    ~R
    For me the second is preferable and I can't understand why Americans say "I have eaten" more often than " I have had my dinner". Sometimes it seems to me there are no rules in AE, are there?

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    I have u got yr answer?how..............

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