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  1. Newbie
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    Question had and have

    We normally use " had" for the past participle and " have" for the present participle, but sometimes it's confusing because both of them are meant something done.

    Which one is correct?
    " I have done this" or " I had done this" (regardless the timing)

    and when we ask
    " have you done the work?" or " had you done work?" ( we are asking someone in current time)


    Thanks in advance..

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    Re: had and have

    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin View Post
    We normally use " had" for the past participle and " have" for the present participle, but sometimes it's confusing because both of them are meant something done.

    Which one is correct?
    " I have done this" or " I had done this" (regardless the timing)

    and when we ask
    " have you done the work?" or " had you done work?" ( we are asking someone in current time)


    Thanks in advance..
    'I have done this' is present perfect, 'I had done this' is past perfect, the past perfect is used to describe something that happened in the past before something else happened, also in the past. For example: "I had done my homework when you arrived".
    Have and had are not present and past participles. Have is the present tense of 'to have' and had is the past tense of 'to have', done is the past participle of the verb 'to do'.

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    Question Re: had and have

    Can I just say "I have done my homework when you arrived?"
    Sorry, because in the actual conversation, I'm just confused what to use..

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    Re: had and have

    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin View Post
    Can I just say "I have done my homework when you arrived?"
    Sorry, because in the actual conversation, I'm just confused what to use..
    No, "I have done my homework" is something you say in the present, now, to indicate that at some time before now your homework was finished.
    Imagine it's Monday afternoon, your friend arrived this morning, he says to you (this afternoon) "Have you done your homework?" you say "Yes, I had done my homework when you arrived this morning." Your homework was aready finished when he arrived this morning.

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    Ok. I'm clear now.

    Thx a lot.

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