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i have some complications in english, the one is the use of "have had", i have been seeing it's use widely in UK, can we use a formal or proper tense instead of have had? i think we can use 'have been' or 'we have to' depends of use. i have also noticed the use of had had, i can't understand these types of sentences grammatically, e.g, " I am sure if he hadn't had a teacher waiting he would have stayed much longer", i think there would be a simple alternative sentence for this sentence, like we "if he had a teacher not waiting there....." or "if he had not been waiting by the teacher he........."
are there 'have had' and 'had had' only or 'had have' and 'have have' also exist? if yes then can some one explain it's usage with refernce to grammar. Thanks for reading this and Thanks a lot for pointing my mistakes.
Last edited by hznaeem; 21-Oct-2009 at 05:09.
as mentioned by you for the past work it should be 'had had' but the above sentence is using only one 'had' although it is in past tense. Can you clarify?
and in your explanation with reference to grammar it's looking that 'had have' and 'have have' don't exist.