Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    have or had?

    hey please im finding difficulty to differentiate between had and have.
    plz can u tell me if this statement is correct or not ?

    -i realized that iam too far from what i have/had expected ?
    which to use ?
    and can i say: i realized that iam too far from wht i expected ?
    thank u :)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #2

    Re: have or had?

    Quote Originally Posted by md999 View Post
    hey please im finding difficulty to differentiate between had and have.
    plz can u tell me if this statement is correct or not ?

    -i realized that iam too far from what i have/had expected ?
    which to use ?
    and can i say: i realized that iam too far from wht i expected ?
    thank u :)

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    md999,


    Let's say that you started to study English one year ago, but

    that you are disappointed that you have not learned more so

    far (up to this day).

    You might say:

    I realize (present tense; you realize now) that I am very far from what

    I expected/ had expected. (Perhaps for "perfect"

    English, some people would prefer the past perfect --
    "had expected." The past tense -- "expected" -- is also OK.)

    I cannot think of an appropriate sentence with

    have. Perhaps someone else can.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #3

    Re: have or had?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I cannot think of an appropriate sentence with

    have. Perhaps someone else can.
    This is possibly because, when you make the statement, you no longer expect it. As the present perfect has relevance up to the present moment, its use here might seem tautologous to some.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •