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    Has Had and Has

    Hello, may i know what is the differences between has had and has?

    exp: my daughter
    has had an accident. (past event with unspecific time)
    my daughter
    has an accident. (past event with unspecific time)

    Is there any differences between the foregoing two examples? Are they grammatically correct? Is that true that had can only be used to show the sequencing of past event. For instance, i
    had finished my dinner when Ben arrived. Please give me some examples of the mistake that people usually make when they are using had in the sentence. Thank you so much

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    The way I see it, he has an accident is not a past event. The form "has" denotes the present indefinite tense. For it to be a past event, we'll have to use "had".
    I feel I know what you mean, though.
    He's had an accident. -> Here we might feel the event happened some time ago today.
    He has an accident. -> This should imply the person has just gotten into an accident and something should be done about it right away.

    The two are really close in meaning, but a native speaker would be able to tell the difference, based on the situation in which those events could take place.
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    Re: Has Had and Has

    I can't think of a situation where a native speaker would say 'He has an accident' (well, not as a stand-alone clause — maybe as part of a longer sentence like 'He's so careless; he has an accident every time he goes out').

    Rover

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    Technically, it's still possible to use "have/has". Take a look at this:

    Yes, we have an accident on Kingsway, so Strand Underpass is closed.

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    Hi,

    I believe it's just a typo. IMO, the OP meant to type "had" but hit the "s" instead.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Technically, it's still possible to use "have/has". Take a look at this:

    Yes, we have an accident on Kingsway, so Strand Underpass is closed.
    I don't think there's a typo, charliedeut, but the context (ahem!) shows that it's a Travel Alert - and it's using 'have an accident' in a sense that has little connection with a sentence like 'she has had an accident'. The 'We' in the Alert have not had an accident at all; there has been an accident on Kingsway, and 'We' are saying 'we have this situation - a road closure caused by a traffic accident'. This sort of 'we have an accident' is a common feature of traffic reports.

    I really don't see any subtlety. 'Have had' refers to a past accident, and the only use I can think of for 'have an accident' (except in that unrelated traffic-report sense) is the one Rover has already mentioned.

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    What if someone (who has to be somewhere on time) has just had an accident, phones another person and wants to let him/her know about it? As I now fully understand, saying "Hey, Julie (for example), I'm sorry but I have an accident" would be wrong, wouldn't it?

    I do understand that as a travel alert that usage works absolutely fine. Just wanted to see how your, native speaker's, mind handles the one I've just described above.

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    Re: Has Had and Has

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    What if someone (who has to be somewhere on time) has just had an accident, phones another person and wants to let him/her know about it? As I now fully understand saying "Hey, Julie (for example), I'm sorry but I have an accident" would be wrong, wouldn't it?

    I do understand that as a travel alert that usage works absolutely fine. Just wanted to see how your, native speaker's, mind handles the one I've just described above.
    "Hey, Julie (for example), I'm sorry but I have an accident" would be wrong, wouldn't it?
    Yes, it would.

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    #9

    Re: Has Had and Has

    Which one would be correct?

    I've (just) had an accident.
    I'm a having an accident.

    I'm absolutely sure it's going to be the 1st one. And you?

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    #10

    Re: Has Had and Has

    I want to know why the author of this article (Megan Stack - Australia) is using the phrase in bold:

    But it gradually dawned on him that he was still there, inside the ambulance. He still felt his body and, opening his eyes, could still see.
    Chaalan and the other medics were lucky: they survived a direct hit from an Israeli missile. One of the dazed medics fumbled slowly for the radio and began: "We have an accident …"
    He failed to finish the sentence because a second missile smashed into the ambulance behind them.

    What's this?

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