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Jen had an accident or Jen has had an accident is the correct one? (please be noted the sentences did not have specific time of completion and the accident is a past event)
thanks for the help Raymott....did you mean when im using has had, it has to be a past event which connected to a present/future situation?
Jen had an accident last week.
Jen has had an accident therefore she has to cancel the meeting.
You would need a semicolon before "therefore" and a comma after it, although there are other, more natural ways of saying this. One idea would be "Jen's had an accident. She has to cancel the meeting."
There are plenty of other options of course. For instance, one way that I often hear this is "Jen's had an accident. She's going to have to cancel the meeting." (The tense in that final sentence isn't necessary, but sometimes English speakers add a few words to soften the bad news to the listener.)
Last edited by Academic Writing; 11-Sep-2012 at 20:37. Reason: Fixed a mistake in wording not related to the target sentence
did you mean when im using "has had", it has to be a past event which connected to a present/future situation? while "had" will be followed by an event which has nothing to do with the present situation?please provide me some examples....Thank You
Last edited by mr alfred; 12-Sep-2012 at 08:43.