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    #61
    "Yesterday, my mom brought her own bike so I hadn't have to take her for a ride." <-- is "hadn't have" correct? if i used "hadn't had" is wrong right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "Yesterday, my mom brought her own bike so I hadn't have to take her for a ride." <-- is "hadn't have" correct? if i used "hadn't had" is wrong right?
    It should be " Hadn't had to take her for a ride." But why not write " so I didn't have to take her."

    I have to take.( present)
    I had to take.(past)
    I have had to take.( present perfect)
    I had had to take.( past perfect)
    I will have to take her.( future)


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    #63
    "My mom has her own bike so I haven't had to take her for a ride."
    It means that until now it has not been necessary to give her a ride on his bike. 'Haven't have' is wrong because we use a past participle after the auxiliary verb 'have'.

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    why "Hadn't had" is correct? Why ist "hadn't have" incorrect? Is there a rule for "hadn't had" too? Do i use past participle for "had not"?

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    #64
    Have + past participle
    Has + past participle
    Had + past participle


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    #65
    "Should have known you had the goods Bill!"
    "Should have known you have the goods Bill!"
    What is the difference in meaning between the two?


    "You had your share and now you want my share?"
    "You have your share and now you want my share?"
    Lets say the scenario is: He just finished his share of the cake and now he wants mine and i haven't started eating yet. Do i use have or had? Why?


    "Lets say the scenario is: He just finished his share of the cake and now he wants mine and i haven't started eating yet."
    Also is my gammar correct for the scenario above? Is "have not started" correct? or should it be "had not started"? why?

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    #66
    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "Yesterday, my mom brought her own bike so I hadn't have to take her for a ride." <-- is "hadn't have" correct? if i used "hadn't had" is wrong right?
    Yes. 'hadn't have' is incorrect. Use the Simple Past:

    Yesterday, ...so I didn't have to take her for a ride.

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    #67
    1. I should have known you had the goods Bill!
    ==> Reference to having the goods in the past.

    2. I should have known you have the goods Bill!
    ==> Reference to having the goods now in the present, in the sense that you have what it takes to do the job.

    3. You had your share and now you want my share?
    ==> You've eaten your share already.

    4. You have your share and now you want my share?
    ==> You haven't eaten your share yet.

    All the best, :D


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    "I have used this rollerblades only for a couple of times." <--what does this setence mean? When do i use it?
    "I had used this rollerblades only for a couple of times." <--what does this setence mean? When do i use it?

    Lets say i am trying to sell my rollerbaldes, which setence would i use?

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    #69
    If the rollerblades got broken and you were talking about the time before this, you'd use "I had used this rollerblades only a couple of times". If you're talking in the present about the blades and they are still working, use the present perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "I have used this rollerblades only for a couple of times." <--what does this setence mean? When do i use it?
    "I had used this rollerblades only for a couple of times." <--what does this setence mean? When do i use it?

    Lets say i am trying to sell my rollerbaldes, which setence would i use?
    Note, the noun rollerblades is plural in number, so the demonstrative should also be plural in number (i.e. these rollerblades)

    Present Perfect
    I have used these rollerblades only a couple of times.
    ==> When the speaker used the rollerblades is not important to him/her. What's important to the speaker is the event: rollerblades used only a couple of times. The Present Perfect is wonderful because it allows speakers to talk about an event without having to mention when the event happened.

    Past Perfect
    I had used these rollerblades only a couple of times before they broke.
    ==> Use the Past Perfect when you want to connect to events in the past. Use words such as 'before' and 'after', like this,

    Event #1: I used the rollerblades.
    Event #2: The rollerblades broke.

    Events #1 and #2): I had used the rollerblades before they broke.
    ==> Meaning: First, I used the rollerblades and then the rollerblades broke.

    Use the Past Perfect to express the first event and the Simple Past to express the second event:

    I had used (Past Perfect) these rollerblades before theybroke (Simple Past).

    The Past Perfect verb tells us which event happened first:

    He called me after I had eaten lunch.

    Event #1 = Past Perfect = I had eaten lunch
    Event #2 = Simple Past = He called me

    Meaning: First I ate lunch and then he called.

    All the best,

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