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    HAD AND HAS HAD (HELP)

    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)

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    Re: HAD AND HAS HAD (HELP)

    Quote Originally Posted by mr alfred View Post
    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)
    If the consequences of the accident are currently in focus, you'd say, "Jen has had an accident".
    "Jen has had an accident, so she won't be able to come." (present/future)
    "Jen had an accident, so she wasn't able to come." (past)

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    Re: HAD AND HAS HAD (HELP)

    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.

    correct?

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    Re: HAD AND HAS HAD (HELP)

    Quote Originally Posted by mr alfred View Post
    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.

    correct?
    The verbs are correct there.

    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
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    Re: HAD AND HAS HAD (HELP)

    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
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