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    doubling words like HAD

    In the example sentence below are both of the words "had" verbs?
    What is "go"?

    The French had had an earlier go, some eleven years previously.

    Thank you for your help in advance.
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    Re: doubling words like HAD

    This is a past perfect construction. The first HAVE is the auxiliary verb (past tense), the second is the main verb (past participle).

    The three primary auxiliaries can also function as main verbs; main verbs frequently need auxiliaries, leading to what look like doubling:

    Do you do your homework every night?
    Sally is being silly at the moment.
    I have had a go at this exercise.

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