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    uses of had

    could anyone please explain where we normally can use had in places other than describing an action previous to a past action?

    Thanks so much for your advanced help:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    could anyone please explain where we normally can use had in places other than describing an action previous to a past action?

    Thanks so much for your advanced help:)
    "You had better go to work now, or you will be late."

    "I had better cook the dinner now, my wife will be home soon."


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    Re: uses of had

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    could anyone please explain where we normally can use had in places other than describing an action previous to a past action?

    Thanks so much for your advanced help:)
    I had to go. (had - a modal verb, means necessity)
    I had a bike. (had - a notinal verb, means 'possession')


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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    could anyone please explain where we normally can use had in places other than describing an action previous to a past action?

    Thanks so much for your advanced help:)
    "had better" is normal to use.

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    thanks guys:)
    @I had a bike. (had - a notinal verb, means 'possession')

    does this mean i don't have that bike with me now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    thanks guys:)
    @I had a bike. (had - a notinal verb, means 'possession')

    does this mean i don't have that bike with me now?
    Yes. If you still have the bike, you will say 'I have a bike.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I had to go. (had - a modal verb, means necessity)
    I had a bike. (had - a notinal verb, means 'possession')
    I had a bike two years ago.

    This automatically means I do not possess a bike now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    I had a bike two years ago.

    This automatically means I do not possess a bike now.
    Yes. If you want to say that you still have one, use the present perfect:

    I've had a bike for ... years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Yes. If you want to say that you still have one, use the present perfect:

    I've had a bike for ... years.
    No, you don't need to use the present perfect just to say that you (still) have a bike. You don't need to say how long you've had it. You just want to say that you have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    No, you don't need to use the present perfect just to say that you (still) have a bike. You don't need to say how long you've had it. You just want to say that you have one.
    I'd love to see some examples of that.

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