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    Question Goes Way Back

    Hi,

    I saw this phrase "Goes Way Back" from telecommuting: Information from Answers.com, what's that phrase means? why Goes not Go?

    Also, there is a "have had" in below sentences, which is part of the "Goes Way Back" section, why it use "have had"? why "have + have" ?

    A few programmers may have had the luxury of a terminal connected to a mainframe or minicomputer, but the majority wrote source code using a pen and paper.

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    Re: Goes Way Back

    Because the noun "telecommuting" is singular, we say that it "goes way back." (Meaning the origins of telecommunting started many years ago.) If the noun was plural, we'd say "go way back," as in "Mary and I go way back; we met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since."

    "Have had" is the present perfect tense (present tense of "to have" plus the past participle of the verb); it refers to an action that was completed in the past.

    "A few programmers may have had the luxury of a terminal connected to a mainframe or minicomputer..."
    This sentence could also have been written as follows:
    "A few programmers may have used a terminal connected to a mainframe..."
    The meaning would be the same. However, the author used the phrasing shown above in purple in order to emphasize that computer terminals were quite rare many years ago, and that programmers that did have access to them were quite lucky to have that luxury.

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    Re: Goes Way Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Because the noun "telecommuting" is singular, we say that it "goes way back." (Meaning the origins of telecommunting started many years ago.) If the noun was plural, we'd say "go way back," as in "Mary and I go way back; we met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since."

    "Have had" is the present perfect tense (present tense of "to have" plus the past participle of the verb); it refers to an action that was completed in the past.

    "A few programmers may have had the luxury of a terminal connected to a mainframe or minicomputer..."
    This sentence could also have been written as follows:
    "A few programmers may have used a terminal connected to a mainframe..."
    The meaning would be the same. However, the author used the phrasing shown above in purple in order to emphasize that computer terminals were quite rare many years ago, and that programmers that did have access to them were quite lucky to have that luxury.
    Thanks,

    I have found below sentence which is also contains "have had" phrase from downtime - Definition of downtime noun from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus, If do not use "had a busy" in that sentence, so, which phrase should be use?

    We've had a busy weekend so I'm planning to have some downtime tomorrow.

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