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    #1

    'have had' and 'had'

    What would be the difference between:
    'I have had to do something ....... ' and ' I had do something .....'

    e.g. I have had the opportunity to meet the Queen.
    I had the opportunity to meet the Queen.

    Thank you!

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    Re: 'have had' and 'had'

    Quote Originally Posted by Vking View Post
    What would be the difference between:
    'I have had to do something ....... ' and ' I had do something .....'

    1. I have had the opportunity to meet the Queen.
    2. I had the opportunity to meet the Queen,
    Before I answer, I should point out that your question concerns HAVE TO, but you use HAVE in your examples. These are different verbs.

    I have to meet the Queen - HAVE TO = obligation
    I have met the Queen - HAVE, as auxiliary, used to construct a present perfect form.
    I have two brothers - HAVE as main verb

    Now, to your examples:

    #1 - at some unspecified time in my life. Meeting the Queen is part of my experience of life.
    #2 - I am thinking of a specific past situation. If a time-marker is not used in the sentence itself, one will be used or implied contextually or co-textually. For example, #2 could be the answer to a question such as: Did anything interesting happen at the garden party you went to last week?

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    Re: 'have had' and 'had'

    First, thank you for your answer,very much appreciated!
    Second, apologies for the ambiguity in my question, something else must have been crossing my mind at the time of posting the question. Thanks for pointing it out. Your second part of the answer was what I was looking for.

    Now, may I ask you another question?
    When I watch a football match, sometimes the commentator of the match may mention something like ' Chelsea the reigning champions'. Why is it not 'champion' rather than 'champions'? To my mind Chelsea team is a single unit, therefore I think it should be in singular. Please enlighten me! Please also correct my way of expressing my question to the way you think fitter and better. Any comment (or is it comments?) will be gracefully taken as I'm always looking to improve myself. (My request probably take you back to your teaching days?)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: 'have had' and 'had'

    Quote Originally Posted by Vking View Post
    Your The second part of the your answer was what I was looking for.

    When I watch a football match, sometimes the commentator of the match may mention something like ' Chelsea, the reigning champions'. Why is it not 'champion' rather than 'champions'? To my mind Chelsea team is a single unit, therefore I think it should be in singular.
    In BrE we can consider Chelsea to be a team (singular) or a group of 11 players (plural). You may be interested in the discussions here:
    agreement in grammar
    Are you happy to live in a family who have pets?
    plural pronouns with singular nouns.

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