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    what sort of people she had

    You had only to look at her to know what sort of people she had and what kind of surroundings she had lived in.
    (W.S. Maugham; The Letter)

    How would the sentence change if I wrote it this way:

    'You had only to look at her to know what sort of people she had had and what kind of surroundings she had lived in.'

    Thanks.

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    Re: what sort of people she had

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    You had only to look at her to know what sort of people she had and what kind of surroundings she had lived in.
    (W.S. Maugham; The Letter)

    How would the sentence change if I wrote it this way:

    'You had only to look at her to know what sort of people she had had and what kind of surroundings she had lived in.'

    Thanks.
    It would mean that she no longer has the people. In the context "what sort of people she had" means "what sort of family she came from".

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