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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Red face Present Perfect

    Hello again!

    I need some help, please.

    Here is the sentence (heard on TV): (This is about tonight) " She won't tell us her secret just because she has had a little wine".

    In this case, could we also say "because she had"?

    Cheers
    W

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    Re: Present Perfect

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello again!

    I need some help, please.

    Here is the sentence (heard on TV): (This is about tonight) " She won't tell us her secret just because she has had a little wine".

    In this case, could we also say "because she had"?

    Cheers
    W
    You could use, 'has', 'had', or 'has had' here.

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    Re: Present Perfect

    "Has had" does make sense to me - her current situation is that she's had a bit too much to drink. It definitely relates to the present because you're hoping (apparently in vain) for some in vino veritas.
    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: Present Perfect

    You can also use, "will have had", "would have had", "may/might have had".

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