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    Sarah45 Guest

    Have or Had?

    Hi there,

    Which is correct...

    He sought help in a number of punblications that the English had/have written on Ancient Greece.

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    albertino is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Have or Had?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah45 View Post
    Hi there,

    Which is correct...

    He sought help in a number of publications that the English have written on Ancient Greece.
    (not a teacher)

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    macanudo is offline Junior Member
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    Re: Have or Had?

    Albertino is correct for casual/spoken English. This is the way most speakers of English would actually say this sentence.
    However, the 'correct' by the book answer is:
    He sought help in a number of publications that the English had written on Ancient Greece.

    The writing on Ancient Greece happened first, so we have to use past perfect tense (had written).

    I just wrote up an article on past perfect tense that has some more examples and rules.

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