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    #1

    The newly-opened restaurant is selling the dishes that I had / have seen.

    The newly-opened restaurant is selling the widest variety of dishes that I had / have seen.

    Is the hyphen optional? And should it be "have' or 'had"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: The newly-opened restaurant is selling the dishes that I had / have seen.

    Don't use hyphens with -ly words as the first word. The hyphen is not options -it's incorrect. (According to most style guides.)

    Unless you have gone to a restaurant with even more dishes than this one since the time you visited, use "have."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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