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    Post He still has those bicycles?

    Dear teachers,

    "I have had several bicycles in my lifetime."
    Does this sentence suggest that he doesn't have any of those bicycles now? or we can't tell?

    Thank you!

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    Re: He still has those bicycles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    "I have had several bicycles in my lifetime."
    Does this sentence suggest that he doesn't have any of those bicycles now? or we can't tell?

    Thank you!
    He probably doesn't have the bicycles anymore.

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    Re: He still has those bicycles?

    He may have one, but like Bhaisahab I think he's very unlikely to have several IMO. And the sentence is not about what he currently owns.

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    Re: He still has those bicycles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    "I have had several bicycles in my lifetime."
    Does this sentence suggest that he doesn't have any of those bicycles now? or we can't tell?

    Thank you!
    I'm a bit surprised by the replies of my learned colleagues.
    I would say it does not imply that he has no current bicycle/s. And if he does have a bike currently, then it is, by definition, one of the ones he has had in this lifetime.

    A: I like your new bicycle. Is this your first?
    B: No, I've had several bicycles in my lifetime. [and this is one of them]

    This is the present perfect, which is used for events etc. that are still true in the present.

    "I've had three wives." Am I currently married? We can't tell.

    But, as usual, people don't talk in isolated, cryptic sentences.

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