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    Which sentence is correct?
    My father had surgery few months ago.
    My father has had surgery few months ago.

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    Re: Has had or had

    I would use 'had' because it happened a few months ago, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Has had or had

    Matthew is right.
    You could also say"My father has had surgery." "He had it/It was a few months ago."

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    'You CANNOT use the Present Perfect with specific time expressions such as: yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day, etc.'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html

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    #5

    Re: Has had or had

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    Which sentence is correct?
    My father had surgery a few months ago.
    I think the first sentence just needs an "a" added to make it correct.

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    Re: Has had or had

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'You CANNOT use the Present Perfect with specific time expressions such as: yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day, etc.'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html

    Not a teacher.
    Thank you! When can I use present perfect?

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    Re: Has had or had

    'My father has had surgery this year.'

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    #8

    Re: Has had or had

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    When can I use the present perfect?
    Click on the link in Matthew's post.

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    Re: Has had or had

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    Thank you! When can I use present perfect?
    With an unfinished period of time, a period of time connected to the present.

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