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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I had a cheque waiting for me at the office.
    2-I had my cheque waiting for me at the office.

    3-I had a friend waiting for me at home.
    4-I had my friend waiting for me at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I had a cheque waiting for me at the office.
    2-I had my cheque waiting for me at the office.

    3-I had a friend waiting for me at home.
    4-I had my friend waiting for me at home.
    As is, they sound fine.
    What do you mean by "correct"? Help :(

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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Thanks Cas,
    They are correct. I just have these doubts from time to time and start shouting "Help! Help!".
    Don't worry! When you say "fine", they are correct! That's what "correct" means.
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I had a cheque waiting for me at the office.
    2-I had my cheque waiting for me at the office.

    3-I had a friend waiting for me at home.
    4-I had my friend waiting for me at home.
    Yes, as Cas says, all fine. try these little monsters though:

    I had the roof fall in on me during the storm.

    I had them all laughing at me. (ambiguous)

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    + I had my friend wait for me at home.

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    Thanks Milky and Tdol,
    The "monsters" were actually the topic of a question.
    I think the sentence was:
    "I'd hate to have my team lose."
    or something of the sort.

    "I had something terrible happen to me the other day."
    seems to be a common one.

    But it seems to me that Tdol's sentence is of a different sort. In it "had" seems to be causative. It is like, "I asked him to wait."
    I don't even think it can really mean "I kept him waiting". It really sounds to me like you asked him or her to wait. Am I right?

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