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    Meaning of sentence

    He told me that things were going well, that he'd had a god Christmas.


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    is the meaning of bold sentence. Is 'd means would or something else.



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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    It should be "a good Christmas". The he'd means "he had".

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    #3

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    But in the sentence there is already had.

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    #4

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    Yes, so we have "he had had".

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    #5

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Please note that a better title would have been That he'd had a good Christmas.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #6

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    "He had had a good Christmas" is a sentence which uses the past perfect tense. Have you studied that tense yet?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Yes I know that had used during past perfect. I doubt only 'd could be read as would.

    Now I understand by reading the sentence we have to understand whether it could be would or had.?

    And when we use had and had twice whether it means very good Christmas


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    #8

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    When we say "He had had a good Christmas, the good Christmas occurred at a time before some other action in the past.

    Tom came to the bar yesterday and he told us he had had a good Christmas.

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    #9

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    "He would had" is not a correct tense. So the " 'd " must be a "had" from context.

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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    He'd be hungry = He would be hungry.
    He'd been hungry = He had been hungry.

    I'd be happy to come to your party = I would be happy ...
    I'd been happy ever since the party = I had been happy ever since ...

    You have to look at the context and the rest of the sentence to work out what the 'd means.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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