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    He should have brought that car.
    You should have brought that car.


    I can say "he had brought that car."
    Why can't i say he should had brought that car.


    If i am talking to someone do i say: ""he had brought that car." or do i say "he have brought that car." when would i use have and had?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    He should have brought that car.
    You should have brought that car.


    I can say "he had brought that car."
    Why can't i say he should had brought that car.


    If i am talking to someone do i say: ""he had brought that car." or do i say "he have brought that car." when would i use have and had?
    1. He has recently bought that car.
    2. He had bought that car before the loan came through.

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    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    He should have brought that car.
    You should have brought that car.


    I can say "he had brought that car."
    Why can't i say he should had brought that car.


    If i am talking to someone do i say: ""he had brought that car." or do i say "he have brought that car." when would i use have and had?
    #"He/You should have brought that car" means that he/you didn't manage to bring that car at the needed time.

    It's a conditional sentence which is formed by "should/could/might+have+past participle."

    2# Yes, " he had brought that car" is a past perfect tense.
    But you can't say " he should had brought that car" because as above explained there should be " have" regardless of the subjects.

    Hope that helps.
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    I am still a bit vague on this had and have, lets say someone asked me this"

    "Have you brought that car yet?" <--is thie question correct
    or should it be
    "have you buy that car yet? <--if this is correct, then how do i know which on to use, can you give me a scenario if you can.

    Do i say:
    Yes i have.
    or
    Yes i had. <--this doesn't work unless i have another pass event right?

    or
    Yes i have, but that was quite a while ago.
    or
    Yes i had, I had brought it last week. or is it Yes i have, I had brought it last week

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    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    He should have brought that car.
    You should have brought that car.


    I can say "he had brought that car."
    Why can't i say he should had brought that car.

    I'm not sure whether you are talking about "brought" (past tense/past participle of "bring") or "bought" (past tense/past participle of "buy"). You switched to "buy" later.

    "He/you should have bought that car" uses the modal auxiliary verb "should" to indicate "advice". The "have" part puts in the past tense. Present tense would be "you should buy that car".

    When you use the past perfect "had bought", you are taking about a purchase that was made prior to some other past event. "He had bought that car before he moved to Arizona." We can't use "should" there because "had" is not used with "should" to create a past tense.

    If i am talking to someone do i say: ""he had brought that car." or do i say "he have brought that car." when would i use have and had?
    You can't use "have" with "he". The third person singular verb form is "has". You can use "has bought" or "had bought", but in different circumstances. You should do some reading on perfect tenses:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/perfect.html

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handou...ltensverb.html

    http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.co...29424/8972.htm

    http://grammar.englishclub.com/verb-tenses.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    #"He/You should have brought that car" means that he/you didn't manage to bring that car at the needed time.

    It's a conditional sentence which is formed by "should/could/might+have+past participle."
    Henry, that is not a conditional sentence. It is a sentence with a modal auxiliary verb. Only some of those are conditional. :wink:


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    thanks mike,
    http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.co...29424/8972.htm
    this link is very useful.

    and i meant bought, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    thanks mike,
    http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.co...29424/8972.htm
    this link is very useful.

    and i meant bought, sorry.
    You're very welcome, Jack. :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    #"He/You should have brought that car" means that he/you didn't manage to bring that car at the needed time.

    It's a conditional sentence which is formed by "should/could/might+have+past participle."
    Henry, that is not a conditional sentence. It is a sentence with a modal auxiliary verb. Only some of those are conditional. :wink:

    Thanks Mike. :D

    I was quite long remote from grammer.

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    Re: should

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    #"He/You should have brought that car" means that he/you didn't manage to bring that car at the needed time.

    It's a conditional sentence which is formed by "should/could/might+have+past participle."
    Henry, that is not a conditional sentence. It is a sentence with a modal auxiliary verb. Only some of those are conditional. :wink:

    Thanks Mike. :D

    I was quite long remote from grammer.

    No problem, Henry. That's why we're here. :wink:

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