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    Question I've had ...

    Hi,

    It has a little hard to understand "I've had ...", what does that mean?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I've had ...

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    It has a little hard to understand "I've had ...", what does that mean?

    Thanks.
    "I have had breakfast". What do you think that means?

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    Question Re: I've had ...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I have had breakfast". What do you think that means?
    If using "eat" to express the meaning, I would say "I have eaten breakfast".

    Right?

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    #4

    Re: I've had ...

    Right.

    You're okay with other verbs in that tense, right?
    I've eaten at this restaurant a couple times.
    I've been to Paris twice.
    I've seen this movie already, but it's good enough to see again.

    So "I've had" is just another case of that with "to have" as the main verb.

    I have a new kitten. I've had her for 3 weeks now.
    I have a headache. I've had one off and for days.
    I have a Pontiac Vibe. I've had it for 5 years.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I've had ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Right.

    You're okay with other verbs in that tense, right?
    I've eaten at this restaurant a couple times.
    I've been to Paris twice.
    I've seen this movie already, but it's good enough to see again.

    So "I've had" is just another case of that with "to have" as the main verb.

    I have a new kitten. I've had her for 3 weeks now.
    I have a headache. I've had one off and for days.
    I have a Pontiac Vibe. I've had it for 5 years.
    I have a question Barb. Would most Americans say "I have eaten breakfast/lunch/dinner" or "I have had breakfast/lunch/dinner"? I and most BrE speakers (I think) would use "had".

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    Re: I've had ...

    Yes, I'd say "I've had breakfast."

    I'd use "eaten" without the meal.
    Would you like some lunch? No thanks, I've already eaten.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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