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    #1

    He had a car with him.

    Hello,

    Does 'he had a car with him' sound OK in this context:

    While Bob was walking, he met his old friend Tom. He told him about the party and Tom said that he had a car with him and he could give him a ride.

    What if I say: 'Tom said his car was nearby.'?

    Thank you for the time and help.

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    #2

    Re: He had a car with him.

    He doesn't have a car "with" him unless he was driving at the moment. Yes, say he had a car nearby. Or simply that he had a car.

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    Re: He had a car with him.

    I disagree with Dave. At least where I live, "I have my car with me," is often used to mean, "I drove here." It is very common.

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    Re: He had a car with him.

    Quote Originally Posted by ribran View Post
    I disagree with Dave. At least where I live, "I have my car with me," is often used to mean, "I drove here." It is very common.
    I agree. If I bumped into someone in town while I was on foot, but my car was parked in a town centre car park, I would still say "I've got the car with me. Do you want a lift?"

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    Re: He had a car with him.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ...I would still say "I've got the car with me. Do you want a lift?"
    So would I.

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    #6

    Re: He had a car with him.

    On second thought, I will concede the point. It just didn't seem natural to me at first. Of course, where I live I would almost always have my car.

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