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    I have had

    I have had a chance to review this in detail.

    Can we write this sentence without 'have"? What difference it makes if we use "have"?

    Is this present perfect tense?
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    Re: I have had

    I have had - present perfect
    I had - past simple

    Both are possible. Context will show which is appropriate.

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    Re: I have had

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I have had - present perfect
    I had - past simple

    Both are possible. Context will show which is appropriate.
    In what context we can use "have had"? Is there any other way to write this?

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    #4

    Re: I have had

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    In what context we can use "have had"?
    In a context in which we would normally use the present perfect - a past action which has to relevance to the present time.
    Is there any other way to write this?
    HAVE HAD
    have had
    have had
    have had
    have had

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    #5

    Re: I have had

    For the past few weeks, I've had a chance ...
    A few weeks ago, I had a chance ...
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: I have had

    suniljain, as explained in the previous posts, we use the present perfect tense when our reference point is now, the present moment. The past is related to the present. That is why we call it "present perfect":

    1. "I have lost my keys." - It doesn't matter when I lost them; what really matters is that now I can't open my car.
    2. "He has been to Brazil many times." (until now)

    We use the past simple when we refer to a specific point in the past: yesterday, two days ago, in 2004... The activity started and finished in the past; there is a gap between its end and the present moment:

    3. "I lost my car keys two days ago."
    4. "He was in Brazil in 2002."

    This note is a bit oversimplified but I hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy65 View Post
    3. "I lost my car keys two days ago."
    The speaker can still start the car now as long as s/he found them afterward.
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    Re: I have had

    In this case, the speaker has to elaborate by saying that s/he has found them.

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    #9

    Re: I have had

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy65 View Post
    The past is related to the present. That is why we call it "present perfect"
    When I was at school, admittedly some time ago now, the names we were taught were the imperfect, the perfect and the pluperfect (along with others of course). These have now become past continuous, present perfect and past perfect.

    I assumed the present perfect has that name because the auxiliary verb is in the present tense.
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    #10

    Re: I have had

    This dialogue uses both. I hope you can see why.

    Me: I have lost my car keys.
    Bob: When did you lose them?
    Me: I lost them two days ago.

    The use of "I have lost my car keys" at the start shows that the keys have still not been found.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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