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    since the Riders fell that we’ve had

    “We went to war,” Eragon said quietly, “because it was the first time since the Riders fell that we’ve had even the slightest chance of overthrowing Galbatorix. You know that.”
    (C. Paolini; Inheritance)

    Is it possible to say:

    'We went to war because it was the first time since the Riders fell that we had had even the slightest chance..."

    Thanks.

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    Re: since the Riders fell that we’ve had

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    “We went to war,” Eragon said quietly, “because it was the first time since the Riders fell that we’ve had even the slightest chance of overthrowing Galbatorix. You know that.”
    (C. Paolini; Inheritance)

    Is it possible to say:

    'We went to war because it was the first time since the Riders fell that we had had even the slightest chance..."

    Thanks.
    It should be "had had" IMO.

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    Re: since the Riders fell that we’ve had

    Does this slip of the tongue often occur in casual speech?

    Thanks.

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    Re: since the Riders fell that we’ve had

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Does this slip of the tongue often occur in casual speech?
    If you listened to much casual conversation, you would wonder if there were any point to most of the rules you ever learnt.

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    Re: since the Riders fell that we’ve had

    Couldn't we just say:

    "We went to war because it was the first time since the Riders fell that we had even the slightest chance of overthrowing...


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