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    Can you tell me what the other ones mean so I can understand why is it wrong. Thanks.

    1. You need to watch what you have said.
    2. You need to watch what you had said.
    3. You need to watch what you said.

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    It's a bit late to be giving advice like this- it has to be given before the event, not after. Afterwards, say 'you shouldn't have said that'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Can you tell me what the other ones mean so I can understand why is it wrong. Thanks.

    1. You need to watch what you have said.
    2. You need to watch what you had said.
    3. You need to watch what you said.
    'need to' is a modal; it means, it's necessary that you do something, you are obligated to do something. 'necessary' and 'obligated' make reference to the Present and the Future, not the Past.

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    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thank you very much.
    You're welcome.

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    Scenario:

    We're talking about something in the past and she always gets her way and stuff and I said to the other person:

    Do I reply back with:
    1. I just let her had it.
    2. I just let her have it.

    Which one do I use? I think #2 is correct, but why 'have' and not 'had'?

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    #2 is correct- it's an infinitive without 'to' and doesn't show tense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    #2 is correct- it's an infinitive without 'to' and doesn't show tense.
    So #1 is incorrect? #2, How do I know that it's an infinitive without 'to'? How can I test this? What are some words that I can add in to test it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    How can I test this?
    I just let them have it. (OK)

    Note that, 'have' is a verb and 'let' is a verb. Within a single sentence, such as the one above, there can only be one main verb (i.e., only one tense-carrying verb).

    I just let them had it. (Not OK)

    Both 'let' and 'had' carry tense. 'let' carries tense and 'had' carries tense.

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    Got it, thanks.

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