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    #1

    I have had

    I rarely say "have had" and "had had" because it sounds weird to me. So, Could I say:

    "I had some practice before"
    Instead of either


    "I have had some practice before"
    or

    "I had had some practice before" (With another past event)
    Could it be wrong?

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    #2

    Re: I have had

    Yes, it could be wrong. You will need all of those forms if you are going to speak English. They will become easier once you get more practice using the various tenses.

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    Re: I have had

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, it could be wrong. You will need all of those forms if you are going to speak English. They will become easier once you get more practice using the various tenses.
    In my opinion, I could say either "I have had" or "I had" in a conversation. But I can't say "I had" instead of "I had had".

    Example,
    "I had some practice before"
    It will be wrong If I say,

    "I had some practice before I quit last year"
    Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: I have had

    The simple past is not wrong because of the word 'before'.

    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I have had

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Checkmate:

    Yes, I agree with you that "had had" sounds rather "weird."

    I have noticed that many American speakers handle this "problem" in two ways:

    1. They use a contraction: "I'd had dinner before you came." (It sounds better, doesn't it?)

    2. As Mr. Wai reminded us, they "break the rule": "I had dinner before you came." (No one will misunderstand you.)



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    #6

    Re: I have had

    Well, "I have/had had dinner" and "I have/had eaten dinner" have same meaning. What could this sentence be?

    "I have/had had some practice before"

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    #7

    Re: I have had

    Do you mean 'I have done some practice before'?

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